Archaeologists believe the remains of burned oak uncovered at the site of the Highland’s first Sainsbury’s store to be evidence of an ancient “rest stop”.
The shop and a filling station are being constructed on the outskirts of Nairn, near Inverness at a cost of about £20m.
Headland Archaeologists investigated the site ahead of building work.
They radiocarbon dated the hearth to the Mesolithic period, which started as the last Ice Age ended.
In a report published on Highland Council’s Historic Environment Record site, the archaeologists said the fire appeared to have been made to provide heat and not cooking because no food waste was found. Read more.