Mapping Mesolithic Deeside

Mesolithic Deeside volunteer Irvine Ross has been working on scatter plots of the finds so far including those of people collecting flints around the Dee over the last few decades to flints recovered during last winter's fieldwalking. He will be adding flints as we find them. 

If you know of any collections that we do not know about or are not on these maps then please let us know.

This first map shows the fields walked by the Mesolithic Deeside team in January to March 2017. Each dot indicates the find of one or more flints. The fields are coloured to show the density of finds per hectare of field. One hectare is 10,000 square metres. Click Here for a larger image.

We can now add our information to the data collected in earlier surveys. These include; the excellent work by the Over Fifties Archaeological Research Society (OFARS) in 2008-2011, Sheila Duthie in 2000-2017, Dr Jane Kenney in 1993 and Dr J C Grieve in 1992-1995. With all the data collated the density of the finds in some fields is very much increased. It is obvious that the densest scatters are in the fields at Nethermills at Crathes and East Park at Drumoak. The number of find spots makes it hard to distinguish where exactly in the field is the highest concentration. Click Here for a larger image.

To overcome this problem we can get the computer to generate a density "Heatmap" showing where the really intense concentrations of finds are located. This is the one for Nethermills. Click Here for a larger Image.

And this is the one for East Park. Click Here for a larger image.


So far we have concentrated on the area around Crathes but what about the wider picture?

The final map collates information from Fieldwalking and from excavations carried out by the Aberdeen City Council archaeological team in the 1970s and by Mesolithic Deeside in 2017. Excavation trenches can go down through several layers of soil and can turn up very high concentrations of lithics compared with fieldwalking where only finds on the surface are gathered. Because of this, the density of finds from the excavations is shown as finds per 100 square metres. Click Here for a larger image.


Here are the results from our first two outings  of 2018. We will update the maps as the fieldwalking season goes on. It looks as if some of the finds locations are on the river bank or even in the river however the accuracy of our hand held GPS receivers is only to the nearest 10 metres so we know these finds were in fact just inside the field boundary.

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