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The Environment of Medieval Aberdeen Project
Environment is a very wide term that we all use today but might be hard-pressed to explain. Weather, climate, global warming, pollution, protection of animals and habitats, conservation of natural resources and of the heritage might all spring to mind; while living conditions and family background might also feature in our definition.
In discovering information about past environments, archaeology and historical archives are valuable resources. In Scotland, Aberdeen is unique in possessing archaeological remains of medieval date alongside preserved Council Registers dating back to 1398.
The Environment of Medieval Aberdeen Project began in 2001 with the aim of using such resources to enhance knowledge of the city and its residents between the 12th and the 17th centuries.
The Project involved:
The University of York and Palaeoecology Research Services analysed and interpreted around 150 soil samples collected and stored during 25 years of excavation in the City.
The Archaeology Unit at Aberdeen City Council undertook research in the City Archives and elsewhere.
The findings of the above were presented in an Exhibition in late 2003 at Aberdeen Art Gallery. A schools A Primary School Education Programme programme accompanied the exhibition to encourage young people to explore the Projects themes through hands-on science, archaeology and drama.
Further information and an associated CD-Rom for schools can be obtained by contacting:
Lead Curator, Local History and Archaeology
Tel: 01224 337718
The findings from the The Environment of Medieval Aberdeen Project will be published in a national journal at a later date.
The Environment of Medieval Aberdeen Project was supported by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.