Project to carry out dig

Kininmonth pupils helped on a dig at the site located just outside Stuartfield last year
Kininmonth pupils helped on a dig at the site located just outside Stuartfield last year

The Book of Deer Project have been carrying out on-going archaeological work to locate the early medieval Monastery of Deer.

In July, Rose Geophysical Consultants carried out further ground penetrating radar at Old Deer Church and have revealed some intriguing features.

One particular area of interest from their survey results appear to be the remains of a building underlying the east end of the standing church building.

Cameron Archaeology, in conjunction with the Book of Deer Project, have applied for Scheduled Monument Consent to put a couple of trenches in to find out a bit more about this structure and if possible to get dating evidence.

The project will also be looking at two stone foundations in Aden Country Park.

One is recorded on the National Monuments Record of Scotland as a possible Episcopal Meeting House (Aberdeenshire SMR no NJ94NE0047; NJ 9821 4755).

The project will be recording and doing some exploratory excavation of this site from 2-4 September and trenches in the churchyard from 5-9 September.

Head along and volunteer or pop in and visit, the site will be signposted from the Aden Country Park Café or access Old Deer churchyard through Old Deer village.

Contact Ali Cameron for more details (cameronarch@btinternet.com/01224 643020)

The project is funded by The Book of Deer Project and Aberdeenshire Council.

The Book of Deer is the oldest surviving manuscript in Scotland.