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Extreme archaeology reveals Scotland’s oldest fort

A newly discovered fort found on a sea stack off the Aberdeenshire coast is believed to be Scotland’s oldest. The Pictish structure dates from the third or fourth century.

The Aberdeenshire coast.
The Aberdeenshire coast. Image by Ted and Jen / CC BY 2.0

The site, near Dunnottar Castle, could only be accessed using ropes at low tide. Lead archaeologist Dr Gordon Noble said the find was ‘exceptional’ and ‘the most extreme archaeology I’ve ever done’. The Picts inhabited northern and eastern Scotland in the late Iron Age and early Middle Ages. Read more: bbc.co.uk