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Archaeology expert to reveal secrets about Pictish well on Bennachie

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An archaeology expert will give a talk next month detailing a remarkable discovery on one of Scotland’s most iconic mountain peaks.

A team from Aberdeen University’s Northern Picts project unearthed a centuries-old well at the Mither Tap, one of the summits of Bennachie, last summer.

The deep granite well would have served as a water source for the occupants of the impressive fort at the top of the hill, the remains of which can still be seen today.

Although it was previously discovered in the Victorian period, it was re-covered and has lain unnoticed beneath thousands of hillwalker’s feet ever since.

Large areas of charcoal deposits, bones and other structures were also discovered within the pictish fort.

Professor Gordon Noble of Aberdeen University led the “amazing” dig and will be giving a talk about the findings in Inverurie next month.

His talk takes place at the Acorn Centre in on Thursday, March 19, at 7.30pm.

The event also includes the annual meeting of the Bailies of Bennachie, a voluntary conservation charity, whose members helped with the excavation in June last year.

Outreach officer for the Bailies, Fiona Cormack said: “We are really excited that Professor Noble is coming to give this talk.

“The excavation of the Mither Tap hill fort has shed new light on the history of the Bennachie hill range.

Gordon Noble

“It will be fascinating to hear what has been discovered.

“The Bailies are also holding their short annual meeting at the event, looking at their activities over the last year and ahead to plans for the forthcoming year.”

The talk is free to attend and tea and coffee will be served.

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