Neolithic evidence unearthed at Ravelrig hill outside Edinburgh points to a Scottish agricultural economy 5000 years ago.
Apart from finding the foundations of a neolithic-era roundhouse, archaeologists say that other evidence collected at the site points strongly to a sophisticated agricultural economy as this spokesstratification now explains : "We've found shards of a beaker inscribed with the runic letters for "Support your local farmers, we're very poor." This is obviously a prototype for the kind of collecting tin farmers today shake readily under the noses of Treasury civil servants."
But were Neolithic farmers as poor as they pretended? Certainly at the dig, evidence has been unearthed of 4-wheel drive chariots and remnants of a crude but serviceable Sky dish made of stone.
Our archaeological source told us :"This is a very exciting find. It proves beyond doubt that agriculture was firmly established in neolithic Scotland and establishes a very strong evidence base for the view that farmers have always claimed to be skint while living in big hooses and tooling about in enormous 4x4s."
Inside: I can't tell you how proud Iam of this link from the esteemed "Modern Antiquarian" a few years back:
Neolithic farmers preparing the age-old "set-aside" subsidy application