Breakthrough as Lost Pictish Monastery Where Monks First Wrote Gaelic Discovered by Archaeologists

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jan 9, 2018

Evidence of a lost ­monastery, where one of the most important texts in Scottish Gaelic was written, has been found in Aberdeenshire, archeologists believe. The Book of Deer is the first written evidence of the language, recorded by monks around the 10th century.

A Pictish monastery where it was created had never been uncovered – until now. The Book of Deer Project have found items near Old Deer, 30 miles north of Aberdeen, which could locate it, including a hearth, fireplace and old ­charcoal dated between 1147 and 1260.

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