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Neolithic pottery and flint tools uncovered near St Andrews

The 4000-year-old artefacts were found while pipework was being laid between university buildings.

Neolithic: Relics found between Guardbridge and North Haugh.
Neolithic: Relics found between Guardbridge and North Haugh. University of St Andrews

Pottery and tools dating back more than 4000 years have been dug up near a St Andrews University campus.

The artefacts from the Neolithic age were found while pipework was being laid along a four-mile stretch between the Eden Campus in Guardbridge and the main campus at North Haugh.

A number of pits were dug up where the engineers were working with around 30 pieces of grooved-ware pottery discovered in one of the sections.

Fife Council's Archaeology Service brought in ARCHAS Ltd (Archaeological and Historic Environment Consultancy) to help excavate the findings.

Archaeologist Alastair Rees said: "These finds provide yet another piece in the jigsaw to helps us reconstruct the mundane - as well as the more interesting - aspects of how societies interacted and travelled in Ancient Britain.

"The artefacts provide more evidence of long-distance trade, contacts and especially ideas across the country."

It is likely the flint tools came from Yorkshire with further analysis being carried out by archaeologist Dr Torben Ballin, of Bradford University.

Grooved-ware pottery has been discovered all over Britain, from Orkney to the south of England, and is most associated with the Neolithic age which ended between 4500 and 2000 BC.

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