A new archaeology dig has launched in the north-east.
The project, entitled Mesolithic Deeside, saw archaeologists and volunteers begin digging at the River Dee in Drumoak on Friday.
Largely funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, it is hoped the dig will unveil the history of the land surrounding the River Dee.
Bruce Mann, archaeologist for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “After the last ice age, we thought there wasn’t any human activity for nearly 7,000 years along the River Dee, until the hunters and gathers of the Mesolithic came to the area.
“We are now uncovering a very complex story, both in terms of how the river has changed over the millennia and how our ancestors used the landscape either side of it.
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“We now know, for instance, that Mesolithic groups circa 10,000 years ago were not the first people living and moving along Deeside.
“The story is much earlier, with humans present at least 14,000 years ago.”