The public will be invited to find out more about Scottish history next week at an archaeological dig site at one of the north-east’s most recognisable beauty spots.
The Bennachie Landscapes Group, a joint project between the Bailies of Bennachie and Aberdeen University, will provide guided tours of their latest dig site on the lower slopes of the Aberdeenshire hill on Monday, August 19.
A map and instructions on how to get to the research site will be posted at the Rowantree car park and the Bennachie centre, and visitors wishing to take part have been urged to allow up to 45 minutes to reach the dig.
The two tours, at 11.30am and 2.30pm, will be given by archaeologist Colin Shepherd, a member of the Bennachie Landscapes group.
He said: “Volunteers have been working in this area two days a week since the start of July.
“This is a really exciting project and so far we have discovered evidence of habitation dating back hundreds of years.
“There is clear evidence of a dwelling along with other building remains.
“An old trackway, enclosure banks and drystone dykes also indicate a landscape with a very complicated history.
“We have had people calling by during the dig, and are always happy to explain what is happening.
“The open day will give an opportunity for people to find out more about the project.”
The project will be continuing until the end of August.
During dig days, work starts at 10am and continues until 4.30pm.
To book a spot to take part or find out what days the archaeologists will be getting their hands dirty, email firstname.lastname@example.org