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<p>Northern Picts is a project that aims to uncover the archaeological traces of Pictish society in northern Scotland. The project to date has had some spectacular successes. We have begun to uncover a major and undocumented Pictish royal centre at Rhynie and discovered a significant portion of a major Pictish silver hoard at Gaulcross. We have scaled sea cliffs to discover forgotten Pictish forts and centres of power. Our community-embedded project relies on the enthusiasm, and logistical and financial support, of a wide range of sponsors. Any and all donations are gratefully received and carefully used to further our research. We need your help to uncover more about this fascinating group of early people of Europe. Much of the money we have raised to date has come from generous private donations as well as small grants from charities and research funders.&nbsp;As an example of what your donations can provide:&nbsp;</p><ul> <li><strong>£10 can provide a batch of sample bags and finds bags for storing&nbsp;artefacts and environmental information</strong></li> <li><strong>£50 can provide basic conservation materials for artefacts</strong></li> <li><strong>£300 funds a radiocarbon date</strong></li> <li><strong>£5000 would fund a major excavation for a week</strong></li></ul><p>All donations will go directly to the costs of running the excavations and surveys that are an essential part of our project. We work with students and volunteers so our staff costs are low, but costs of accommodation, scientific analysis and consumables amount to tens of thousands of pounds per year. Huge amounts of information can be gained from examining in detail the artefacts recovered and the soils and environmental evidence provide a rich picture of Pictish society, but only if we have the funds to allow analysis to take place. We also work with local schools, provide volunteering opportunities and run an intensive social media and press programme to spread the results of our project far and wide to a wide demographic.&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you for your support!&nbsp;</p>

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The University of Aberdeen Development Trust raises funds to support the institution's development as an international centre of excellence in teaching and research. The charity is expanding the scholarship programme to address both talent and hardship, securing the world's finest academics, funding groundbreaking medical research, and creating outstanding facilities to share with the wider community.

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