Aden Country Park, Mintlaw


Aden Country Park is full of archaeological sites of all periods and they are just starting to be mapped and looked at to understand what they are and when they date from.


Ali Cameron of Cameron Archaeology, who is leading the archaeological aspects of the digs, comented “There was digging, survey, work with finds, and opportunities for schools and groups to visit the site and get involved in the work. We are keen to get as many people involved as possible. If it’s a career that you want to follow, always wanted to go on a dig or just want to find out a bit more about the area where you live then come along and join us in our next dig”. 


Areas of Interest in Aden


Bronze age site

A group of fascinating banks and circular structures in a wood near the Aden Caravan & Camping Site surveyed and excavated to look that the structures and hopefully get dating evidence.


Excavation of World War I practice trenches

Practice trenches would have been common in Aberdeenshire for training soldiers in trench warfare. A series of trenches probably date to this period and these well-preserved examples have beensurveyed and excavated to see if there is any evidence left by the people who trained here.



Possible Stone Circle near Hareshowe.

Following a survey by Rose Geophysics in March 2018, trenches were dug in this area to look at any features uncovered during the survey. There are also hints of linear structures in the field and these were investigated.



These projects are open to people of all ages and abilities. Most of the areas are fully accessible and full training will be given.


Previous digs in Aden Country Park have uncovered a long lost medieval tower house which belonged to the Earl Marischall’s of Scotland. This excavation in the woods of Aden Country Park was funded by Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service.


Derek Jennings

Head of Archaeology group

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