Monastery search continues at Aden

Friends of the Book of Deer inspect a manuscript in the Special Collections at Aberdeen University Library.
Friends of the Book of Deer inspect a manuscript in the Special Collections at Aberdeen University Library.

A new Archaeological dig is to begin at Aden Country Park in the hope of discovering more about the past at Aden.

The Book of Deer Project has for several years been carrying out archaeological work to help understand the early development of the village of Old Deer in Aberdeenshire.

The book was apparently in the possession of an early Pictish monastery atOld Deer circa 1100 AD and it is thought to have been made there too. Thismonastery has otherwise left no trace of its existence.

However during the search for the monastery several other sites have been found and this year’s dig hopes to uncover more information about these sites.

Students from Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, local volunteers, and members of the Book of Deer Project will work with professional archaeologists during the two weeks on site.

240 primary school pupils will be taking part on June 7, 10 and 13; the Enhanced Learning Unit from Mintlaw Academy on June 14, and other academy pupils between June 14 and 17. They will be helping to uncover the rectangular building which has not been seen in full for several hundred years.