Archaeology and monuments
Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service (ACAS) provides a service for Aberdeen City Council (ACC).
ACAS have the role of locating, evaluating, safeguarding and interpreting all archaeological sites in Aberdeen City. They assess all planning applications submitted to ACC and advise when archaeological mitigation is required.
They also maintain the Heritage Environment Record (HER) for Aberdeen City. The HER database is updated regularly with all new discoveries. You can search the summary version online:
A scheduled monument is a nationally important archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorised change.
Historic Environment Scotland deals with all applications concerning works to or affecting an scheduled monument. Please contact them if you would like to discuss proposed work before you make an application.
You can download a list of scheduled monuments in Aberdeen City below:
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
The route for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project crosses an area of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire where few archaeological remains had been previously discovered. During the project however, archaeologists found stone tools from after the last Ice Age some 14,000 years ago. At Milltimber 90 bread ovens were discovered. These were almost certainly made by the Roman army and dating to the time of invasion, which was led by the Roman General Agricola late in the First Century AD.
In the time between the stone tools and the bread ovens, Mesolithic pits had been dug, Neolithic camps and hearths constructed, Bronze Age settlements and Iron Age houses built and metal-working undertaken. Gathering all this information allows a better understanding of the history and culture of the north east as well as the whole of Scotland through the ages. Our Highway through history booklet gives a flavour of the fascinating new archaeological discoveries found along the route.
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