Dig to find long lost Aberdeen school gets under way at university

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have embarked on a dig at the heart of historic King’s College after being awarded a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Breaking ground on Thursday, the team hopes to uncover evidence of a grammar school that is thought to have stood on a site close to the front of the chapel.

The main dig will also coincide with the 2017 May Festival, organised by the university, which will invite visitors to get involved in excavation work alongside the professionals.

Gordon Noble, a senior lecturer in archaeology who is leading the project, said: “The school is shown on a 1661 map of Aberdeen but actually dates to at least 1533 when the statutes and laws of the school were written down.

“The dig will aim to elucidate elements of the ground plan of the building, assess its survival for future investigation and to recover elements of the material culture of early schooling.”