27th March – 8th April 2017
Excavation at possible Bronze age site
A group of fascinating banks and circular structures in a wood near the Aden caravan park will be surveyed and excavated to look that the structures and hopefully get dating evidence.
OPEN DAY Saturday 1 April
1-13th May 2017
Excavation of World war I practice trenches
Practice trenches would have been common in Aberdeenshire for training soldiers in trench warfare. A series of trenches probably date to this period and these well-preserved examples will be surveyed and excavated to see if there is any evidence left by the people who trained here.
OPEN DAY Sunday 7th May
Investigation of possible stone circle site 5-11th June 2017
Following a survey by Rose Geophysics in March, trenches will be dug in the area to look at the structures uncovered during the survey. There are also hints of linear structures in the field and these will also be investigated.
OPEN DAY Saturday 10th June
A successful application to the HLF will allow anyone to get involved in the archaeology and heritage of this area of Aberdeenshire. The park is full of archaeological sites of all periods and we are just starting to map these and work out what they are and when they date from.
Ali Cameron of Cameron Archaeology who is leading the project with Ironside Farrar and Aberdeenshire Council said ‘This phase of the work we will be investigating a possible Bronze Age site, possible stone circle site and World War 1 trenches. There will be digging, survey, work with finds and opportunities for schools and groups to visit the site and get involved in the work. We are keen to get as many people involved as possible. If it’s a career that you want to follow, always wanted to go on a dig or just want to find out a bit more about the area where you live then come along and join us’.
FUNDED BY THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
Aden Country Park