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1,300-year-old Christian monastery found in Scotland

A monastery, built by the Picts 1,300 years ago, has been found in Scotland.

Aerial photographs showing a faint line in fields around a village in Highland Perthshire have mystified archaeologists for decades. Crop marks in the village of Fortingall, famous for its 5,000-year-old yew tree, seem to indicate an ancient boundary long since buried and forgotten.

Now an archaeological dig may have uncovered the secret: the site is believed to have been a royal monastery dating from the time when the Picts were converting to Christianity more than 1,300 years ago.

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Story: Jamie Grant, Scotland on Sunday | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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