Ayreshire Village May be Oldest in Scotland

Scotland Today: Archaeologists may deteremine that Dregnorn near Irvine is the oldest continuously-occupied village in Scotland. Researchers working in Dreghorn, Scotland have discovered the remains of Stone Age dwellings, proving that villagers occupied the area since 3,500 B.C.E. &emdash; and they're still there! The houses, which were found during excavation for a modern housing development, were immediately turned over to the experts. Evidence has been found for continuous occupation from the Stone Age, through the BronzeAge and medieval times.

"People have always lived here," said archaeologist Tom Addyman, "and have wanted to live here. Can't think of any other site that has that depth and layering of occupation."

Experts have also uncovered a prehistoric kiln and a stone monument on the site.