Monastic village found at Crarae Garden

Archaeologists at a renowned garden have uncovered evidence of a 2,000-year-old monastic settlement as part of massive garden refurbishment.

Diggers at the National Trust for Scotland site dated their find seventh to ninth century AD. The dig was part of a seven-year refurbishment at Crarae Garden in Argyll.

The archaeological work was part of a major programme of re-development at Crarae garden, which began in 2002.

The £500,000 project mapped and numbered the plant collection, improved paths and bridges.

Crarae's mix of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas are said to give the site the feel of a Himalayan gorge.

Head gardener Nigel Price said: "Now that our extensive refurbishment is complete, the garden is looking better than ever."

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