Excavations at Rubha Port an t-Seilich resumed in September 2021. This site is already the earliest known settlement on Islay – a 9200 year old campsite of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers.

Stone tools from the site, however, suggest there are still older deposits to be discovered, potentially dating to the last ice age.

The 2021 excavation started a three-year project to find out what lies below the Mesolithic campsite.

You can read the full report in the link below. 

Watch a lecture by Steven Mithen about the project and what was found in 2021 in the video link below.