Medieval farm building uncovered

Archaeologists working on behalf of SHE Transmission have uncovered what is being described as ‘a discovery of national significance’ near an electrical substation at Leylodge, Kintore in Aberdeenshire.

The remains of a 14/15th century medieval farm building and numerous pieces of pottery were found whilst carrying out surveys in the area. This rare find is particularly significant in terms of the cultural heritage of rural Scotland and is the latest of many finds by SHE Transmission.

Working on behalf of SHE Transmission, Maureen Kilpatrick of Guard Archaeology said: “We have uncovered a large enclosure with floor deposits and pottery. Discoveries like this rarely survive in rural areas as the ground is usually used for rural purposes and is ploughed or used for cattle or livestock. This late medieval discovery is something quite special.”

Bruce Mann, Archaeologist, Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Rural buildings from this period are extremely rare in Scotland, and to be able to properly investigate one through archaeological excavation will help us hugely in understanding farming life at this time.”