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Medieval gaming board clue to lost monastery….

The Monastery of Deer in Aberdeenshire has been lost for centuries, but now the discovery of a stone medieval gaming board has raised archaeologists’ hopes that they have found the missing buildings. The search has been on since 2008.

It was at Deer that the monks wrote the celebrated 10th-century illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Deer, which is widely believed to be the oldest surviving Scottish manuscript, and is noted for containing the earliest extant Gaelic writing from Scotland.

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