Quest to find lost Scottish monastery intensifies





ARCHAEOLOGISTS yesterday began the latest stage in a hunt for traces of a long-lost mediaeval monastery in the north-east.

The experts want to excavate the home of the Book of Deer, which was written by Scottish monks around the 10th century.

The gospel book contains the earliest examples of Gaelic literature and is thought to be the oldest-surviving manuscript in Scotland.

It is now on display at Cambridge University and is held up as a highly-significant volume which gives an insight into pre-Norman culture and society in the area previously known as Pictland.

The book contains seven handwritten passages of Gaelic text, written in the margins....


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