Flint tools similar to those known to have been used in the Netherlands in 12,000 B.C. it predates the earliest evidence of human occupation in Scotland in sites such as Cramond by some 3,500 years. Stepping the MacFlintstones back in to the Mesolithic period from the Neolithic where the Cramond finds had resided.
The previous finds of this period in the UK had all previously been south of the Humber. Tom Ward of the Biggar Archaeology Group said:
"To push Scotland's human history back by nearly 4,000 years is remarkable.
"We didn't set out to do that. What we wanted to do was tell the story
of the landscape.
He warned that "a lot of people won't believe this. Not until they see
the hard evidence.
"But it'll be great fun proving them wrong. We've got the physical
objects, so we can just put them down on the table and say argue with that".
So Jock and Sheila MacFlintstone and Boab and Elsbeth Rumble may have been around for longer than we realised. Or at least where here in Scotland maybe for a bit some time before they were previously thought to have set up home.