Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a settlement which could date back to the Iron Age on one of Europe's most inhospitable islands. It had been thought that no people had ever lived on the St Kilda island of Boreray, 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides in the Atlantic Ocean.

Inhabitants of nearby Hirta island used to visit Boreray only in the summer to hunt birds and gather wool, a practice which ended in the early 20th century. But the new discovery suggests that people may have lived on the steep slopes of the island as far back as prehistoric times.

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