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Archaeologists unearth ‘missing’ monastery linked to first written Gaelic

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Archaeologists have discovered the site of a 10th-century monastery linked to the first written record of the Scottish Gaelic language.

The monastery in Aberdeenshire is thought to be where the ancient Book of Deer was first scribed.

A number of monks in Aberdeenshire added Gaelic notes to the manuscript as late as the 12th century, which became the earliest surviving written record of the language.

The site of the “missing” monastery was found under a field next to Deer Abbey in Buchan, which dates to the 13th century.


Archaeologists discover long-lost Scottish monastery


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