The remains of hazelnuts found during an archaeological dig in Skye are more than 8,000-years-old, laboratory tests have confirmed.
Hazelnuts were a favourite snack of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, according to archaeologists at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
The shells were discovered during an excavation above Staffin Bay last year.
Archaeologist Dan Lee said: "We are really pleased to have such convincing Mesolithic dates from the site.
"This hints at the huge potential for additional excavations in the area and presents a great opportunity to understand life in the Staffin area during this period."
Trust director Dugald Ross described the tests results as a "huge boost" to efforts to better understand human activity on the island thousands of years ago. BBC News