And the year keeps getting better. "The site of a lost early monastery in north east Scotland where monks wrote the historic Book of Deer may have been found, researchers have said. The 10th Century illuminated manuscript is noted for containing the earliest surviving Gaelic writing from Scotland. The latest attempt to find the site of the monastery focused on a field near ruined Deer Abbey in Aberdeenshire. Archaeologists uncovered pottery, a stone hearth and charcoal which they said was "extremely exciting". The pottery has been carbon-dated to medieval times and the charcoal to the early medieval monastic period. The archaeologists said this was "the most compelling evidence" yet of the lost monastery. Further digs could be done at the site in an effort to find more evidence of early medieval activity." Book of Deer monastery dig find 'exciting'