The Daily Telegraph

Scots got their oats far earlier than thought


Scots have been eating porridge for 3,000 years longer than previously thought, analysis of Stone Age cooking pots in the Outer Hebrides suggests.

Researcher­s from the University of Bristol found traces of wheat and milk on pottery dating back to between 3600 and 3300BC on the Isle of Lewis.

Dr Lucy Cramp, co-author of the study, said the team’s findings “gives a window into the culinary traditions of early farmers living at the northweste­rn edge of Europe, whose life and ways are little understood”.

She said that it may be the earliest example of porridge being eaten in the form we recognise today, but stressed that further research was needed.

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