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Ancient Deeside Fieldwalking | 2018

Ancient Deeside is a Heritage Lottery Fund, Stories, Stones and Stones project fieldwalking and analysing flints from the River Dee area.

Mesolithic Deeside has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones grant. This exciting project, Ancient Deeside has been given £10,000  to enable the group to extend fieldwalking along land bordering the the River Dee, to analyse the flints collected and cascade information from the finds to local people. This project is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

This pilot project, Ancient Deeside, part of the wider Mesolithic Deeside group, focuses on the Mesolithic period, 8000-4000BC, immediately after the last Ice Age. The inhabitants of Scotland at the time comprised mobile groups of hunter-fishers who left little trace of their passing so that the archaeological evidence is formed mainly of stone tools of flaked flint.

The River Dee, in Aberdeenshire, runs from the mountains and glens of the Cairngorms to the coast at Aberdeen. Ancient stone tools found along its length attest to 10,000 years of human settlement from the earliest hunter-fishers of Scotland onwards. Archaeological work has involved academic research as well as community-led fieldwalking, but there has been no systematic study to combine information into an overview of the early activity along the river.

The Ancient Deeside Project  aims to combine the study of known Mesolithic material with new material obtained from fieldwalking, thereby adding to our understanding of the period. Click here to visit the Mesolithic Deeside website for dates and contact information.

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