many people will know of the area in aberdeen called the green and the fascinating discovery a few years ago of a well preserved church which was constructed for the carmelite friars in the late 13th century.
the system of running water which supplied the friary was well publicised and the burials, decorated stonework and window glass have been mentioned in talks and exhibitions around the city since their discovery in 1994.
recent analysis of the flint assemblage from the green has greatly expanded our knowledge of the area. flints dated to the early mesolithic and neolithic periods seem to suggest that activity took place in this area as early as 10,000 years ago! some other flint tools found in the green may have been made in the iron age, the centuries before and after the birth of christ. that evidence ties in well with the 1st century ad radio carbon date for a small pit excavated in shiprow, under where the lighthouse cinema is now. these two pieces of evidence are our first suggestion of activity in the city centre area in this period prior to or during the early roman campaigns in scotland.