The week in pictures

Blackmiddens Dig

This week, archaeologists in Scotland began excavating the site of one of the earliest legal whisky distilleries, which dates back to 1825.

The Cabrach Trust is leading the dig at Blackmiddens, a ruined steading in the Cabrach parish on the border between Moray and Aberdeenshire. It marks the first excavation of a traditional small farm distillery.

Researchers believe the farm used a 180-litre (40-gallon) still to produce whisky for eight years, from 1825-1833, after which the farm fell into ruin.