|Hazelnuts (image from Wikimedia Commons)|
The article is headlined "Hazelnut Shells Found at Skye Mesolithic Site," and the write-up characterizes hazelnuts as the "snack food" of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. The dig was conducted by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) along with the Staffin Community Trust, and school children and volunteers also worked on the dig. The UHI team found so much material in the dig that they cannot analyze it all on their budget, but are hoping to find additional funds to complete the job.
What I love about archaeology is its ability to show us what foods were eaten thousands of years ago. Hazelnuts are not commonly eaten here in the US, but I need to shop for some now that I know that they were commonly eaten, at least in Britain, during the Stone Age.