IRON Age man reared foxes to make fur-trimmed clothes, archaeologists believe.
Experts say the pelts were used to make sought-after fur-trimmed coats, loin cloths and blankets.
Researchers at York University found that foxes flourished on Orkney during the late Iron Age.
But there were none on the Outer Hebrides or Shetland, suggesting they were introduced to Orkney.
The study concluded that foxes were brought to the islands because their fur was valued more highly than that of indigenous species.
Monday, November 27, 2006
IRON AGE SCOTS FUR FARM CLUE