British Vegetarianism is 8,000 years old?

Stewart Mac Intyre (
Mon, 09 Oct 1995 19:42:34 GMT

I came across this over the weekend. It posses some interesting
questions to archaeology and anthropology. I would be interested to
hear other people views on the finds and deductions! Has any other
sites been found in the UK or World Wide of similar age and social

British Vegetarianism is 8,000 years old?

'Archaeologists on the Hebridean Island of Colonsay have found
conclusive evidence of what they believe to be the earliest British
community of vegetarians. In a shallow, circular pit, the
archaeologists found the remains of thousands of roasted hazelnuts.
There was a noticeable absence of animal bones or fish remains. The
pit has been dated to the Mesolithic period, 8,000 years ago. The
complete lack of animal remains has convinced experts that Colonsay
vegetarians lived exclusively on the foods they gleaned from local

'The Scale of the activity, unparalleled elsewhere in Scotland,
suggests the possibility that Colonsay contained a community of
enforced vegetarians,' reported the Council for British Archaeology.

... The Vegetarian; Autumn 1995 ...

Stewart Mac Intyre