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Current Projects

The list below shows current projects being carried out by NOSAS. If you would like to take part, please contact the named lead or Committee member. Their contact details (log in, members only) are in the Membership List, see tab on left.

Rosemarkie Caves Project.  Lead Simon Gunn, NOSAS Committee liaison James McComas

The Rosemarkie Caves Project (RCP) has since 2006 investigated the archaeological potential of a range of 19 caves on a 2.5 mile stretch of coast north of Rosemarkie. Activities have included comprehensive surveys, test pitting and fuller excavations.

During the excavations of 2016 the Rosemarkie Man Pictish skeleton was discovered. Further excavations took place in September 2017 and results are currently being processed. Listen to the BBC radio feature here and watch the BBC Landward segment here.

See our 2016 blog, 2017 blog and website. Further background can be found here.

Tarradale Through Time Project.  Lead Eric Grant, NOSAS Committee liaison Jonie Guest/ Anne Coombs

For some years NOSAS members have been field walking after the fields are ploughed in winter. Important sites dating from Mesolithic to post-medieval have been identified as well as some fascinating finds of worked flint, pottery and coins. Field walking normally takes place each Sunday during the winter months.  Please contact Eric if you are interested.

The Tarradale Through Time Project has now been awarded £69,300 of Heritage Lottery Funding to undertake a programme of archaeological excavations and investigations. See the Tarradale Through Time website for full details. 

Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP).  Lead John Wombell, NOSAS Committee liaison Alan Thompson

This 5-year project, led by Dr Tertia Barnett started on 1 January 2017.  The aim is to record the rock art across the whole of Scotland in a consistent and useful way.  NOSAS will undertake the pilot field work before the project is rolled out across Scotland.  A summary is available here, link to website will follow when set up.

Read the blog post on progress up to the end of May 2017. Read the ScRAP Newsletter Autumn 2017 here.

If you would like to be involved in any way in the project during 2017 please let us know and we will put you on the project mailing list.

Fort Augustus Road Project - Lead & NOSAS Committee liaison Duncan Kennedy

NOSAS have identified an unrecorded stretch of road of approximately 0.5 miles length in the Forestry Commission Scotland estate near Fort Augustus.  This is likely to be an out of use traverse of the 18th C military road to Bernera barracks, as it ascends the hill to the north of Fort Augustus. A new project is being established to survey, record and possibly excavate this feature in 2018.