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THE EAR­LI­EST known case of rick­ets in the UK has been iden­ti­fied in a 3,000-year- old skele­ton from Tiree.

The dis­ease, which is caused by a Vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency linked to lack of sun­light, can lead to weak and de­formed bones.

It was iden­ti­fied in the re­mains of a woman from the Ne­olithic age who had been buried on the is­land and dis­cov­ered dur­ing an ex­ca­va­tion in 1912.

Un­til now, the ear­li­est case of rick­ets in Bri­tain dated from the Ro­man pe­riod, un­til re­searchers from Brad­ford and Durham univer­si­ties made the dis­cov­ery us­ing ra­dio­car­bon dat­ing.

The skele­ton was taken off the is­land and is now part of the Hun­te­rian col­lec­tion at Glas­gow Univer­sity.

The skele­ton was al­ways as­sumed to date from the same pe­riod as a nearby Iron Age set­tle­ment, but the dat­ing tech­nique showed it was ac­tu­ally from be­tween 3340 and 3090 BC.

The ex­am­i­na­tion also iden­ti­fied rick­ets in the woman’s badly- de­formed bones.

THE TIREE com­mu­nity coun­cil web­site is up and run­ning. It can be found at www.tireecom­mu­ni­ty­coun­cil.co.uk. The latest news on the site is that vice con­venor, John MacCaskill, has been in­vited to join the Trans­port Min­is­ter’s Ferry Pro­cure­ment Ref­er­ence Panel.

This is a newly- es­tab­lished group look­ing at the way in which the gov­ern­ment se­cures ferry ser­vices, and that these ser­vices are pro­cured in a cost- ef­fec­tive and fair man­ner.

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