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Restored antique map returns home to Aberdeenshire

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A rare antique map of the world found during building work has returned to Aberdeenshire after being saved by conservation experts.

The map, found in the 1980s, was identified as a late 17th century wall map of the world produced by the Dutch engraver Gerald Valck.

It was delicately washed and cleaned by conservationists at the National Library of Scotland.

It is now being put on public display at Castle Fraser, near Dunecht.

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It had become known as the chimney map because it was initially said to have been found stuffed up a chimney.

However, it is now understood to have been found under a floorboard during renovations on Drumnahoy House that was once part of the Castle Fraser estate.

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Image caption The delicate map had to be carefully restoted

Paula Swan, National Trust for Scotland property manager at Castle Fraser, said: "We are honoured to welcome this amazing map back to the Castle Fraser estate.

"It is a fascinating piece and of such historical significance."

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Image caption Paula Swan welcomed the arrival

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