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Flint finds point to Scotland’s first people Flint artefacts collected in a field at Howburn Farm, Elsrickle, South Lanarkshire, have been identified as dating to 14,000 years ago. Dating from the end of the ice age, they constitute the oldest certain evidence for humans in Scotland, and the most northern evidence for the earliest people in Britain.
They are similar to tools known to have been used in the Netherlands and northern Germany 14,000 years ago, or 12,000 BC. They were probably used by hunters to kill reindeer, mammoth and giant elk and to cut up prey and prepare their skins.
Originally posted by Essan
reply to post by Merriman Weir
I think this goes back way earlier than that. 14,000 years ago our ancestors would have been speaking a very different language - perhaps related to Basque (genetics show our ancestors came from the ice age refugia in what is now the Basque region and that we are related to Basques to this day)
Celtic and Germanic languages would only have arrived here in Bronze Age times - in both cases I suspect we adopted the language of a small number of incomers and those we traded with. Perhaps in a similar manner to the way French became our official language after 1066 - though thankfully in that case it never caught on amongst the general populace