A furnace found nearby showed evidence of iron smelting, the process of extracting iron from ore.
The ore which was most likely extracted from nearby peat bogs, would have been heated in the furnace causing the iron to separate and pool in the bottom of the furnace.
Aberdeen, often referred to as "The Flower of Scotland" due to its many parks and gardens, lies in a picturesque spot on the North Sea between the Rivers Dee and Don.
The capital of the Grampian Region, Aberdeen is Scotland's biggest fishing port, an important center for Europe's offshore oil industry, and the ferry terminus for the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
Most prisoners will be released into a foreign digital world, a world that has changed by leaps and bounds in the years they spent ‘inside’, and the prison system does nothing to prepare them for that.
Would you help someone in prison understand the new world we live in?
Prisons are not country clubs and the average prison does not serve simply as a vacation spot for criminals. Inmates’ isolation from society might make us sleep better at night, but the truth is that our justice system and sentencing laws need major reform. – Education and rehabilitation in prison can change people and save lives.
Many inmates never used a smartphone, tablet, or computer yet today’s digital society cannot function without them.
Since the archaeological excavations were completed, specialists have been analysing the artefacts and samples recovered from the various sites and will be detailing the results in a new limited edition book due to be published later this year.It’s also about our relationship with the environment and the history of the north-east of Scotland.“The book, when it becomes available later this year, captures a slice of history and I would like to thank Bruce and those who worked on this element of the scheme for their hard work in producing this excellent document.” Aberdeen City Council transport and regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “The archaeology finds are fascinating and highlight just how rich the entire area is in history.“It is interesting to find out how our forebearers lived and the Roman bread ovens found at Milltimber paint a picture of everyday life of the incoming army while they were invading.“While modern-day residents are looking forward to the completion of the AWPR and the benefits it will bring to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, I’m sure they will find these discoveries interesting.” Other excavations include a small hub of Iron Age activity at Goval dating from around the first and second centuries AD where a roundhouse of around 10 metres in diameter was found which would have provided space to live comfortably.They are impressive in both in time depth and range of activities represented.They push back known human activity in the region by at least 2,000 years, add new detail to how our ancestors lived and died, and reveal a new dimension to Rome’s invasions of Scotland.” Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Jim Gifford added: “The AWPR project isn’t just about construction of the route itself, as important as that is.For instance, a very unexpected discovery was the presence of Roman activity at Milltimber, likely dating from around 83/84 AD.Ninety bread ovens were uncovered, which were probably constructed by the Roman army at a time of invasion led by the Roman General Agricola.Bruce continued: “Bronze Age activity was identified from Nether Beanshill in the form of a roundhouse and contemporary cremation complex dating from around 1,600 to 1,250 BC. The burial comprised of an urn in which the cremated remains of an individual in their 20s had been placed.This urn was placed in a pit which was then marked by a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of timber posts.