Glengarrisdale: confirmation of Jura's third microlithic phase
Tools, flint, quartz, hammer-anvil stone, quartz crystal
Isle of Jura; Inner Hebrides; Scotland; UK
A second excavation on the west coast of north Jura confirmed a Jura Phase 3 (final Mesolithic) occupation overlying a Phase 2 site, the latter probably late in the period. Carbon dating of a typologically similar Phase 3 site on the east coast suggested a late fourth-millennium occupation; carbon dating was not possible at Glengarrisdale. This west coast site did not unfortunately provide a single undisturbed occupation but useful confirmation was obtained of Jura's third microlithic phase, hitherto only known on the east coast.