Ancient sea cave on Skye 'still occupied'

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The cave on Skye was excavated by archaeologists in 1996

A cave thought to have been occupied by people as early as 3BC was still being lived in this year, it has emerged.

A new hearth for a fire and stacks of wood cut for kindling were found in the L-shaped fissure at Leitir Fura, Kinloch, on Skye.

Its present day occupation is noted in the former sea cave's entry on Highland Council's historic environment record database.

The cave is 6m deep and stretches to 3m at its widest sections.

Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned archaeologist Martin Wildgoose to make a fresh assessment of a township abandoned during the Highland Clearances and the nearby cave.

His report was published earlier this year and is among new additions uploaded to the online database of Highland archaeological and historic sites.

Excavations of the cave in May 1996 uncovered evidence that the cave was occupied at periods of time from at least 3BC.

When it was first discovered tools, pottery, a hearth and a shell midden were found suggesting people had lived in it during the late 18th or early 19th Century.

But according to its historic environment record entry, the site remains in regular use.

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