Early Highlanders Spoke Norse

The Herald: Archaeologists have found artifacts in the Scottish Highlands nearly identical to those in Norway. The recent discovery of a 9000-year-old community in the Scottish Highlands leads archaeologists to believe that the residents were of Scandinavian origin. The site, in Perthshire, contained flints, blades and quartz remains far inland. According to Dr. John Atkinson of Glascow University, "It is the earliest inland site and certainly the first highland settlement to have been found in Scotland."

The archaeological excavation is part of a five-year project, started in 2002, that will include a detailed topographic and underwater survey of the area as well as environmental studies.