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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.

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.

In 2017 the Tarradale Through Time Project was awarded £69,300 of Heritage Lottery Funding to undertake a programme of archaeological excavations and investigations. It has now completed its second season of excavations. See the Tarradale Through Time website for the most up to date information.

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

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, the SCRAP website is now live at www.rockart.scot

Read the ScRAP Newsletter Spring 2018 here.

If you would like to be involved in any way in the project during 2018/19 please let us know and we will put you on the project mailing list.

JS Bone Collection. Lead Roland Spencer-Jones

Since 1984 Jim Bone had been flying over Scotland taking photographs of what he saw, with a focus on interesting shapes, crop marks, and upstanding archaeology. He was a founder member of NOSAS, and a well kent figure in Highland archaeology. Sadly, after a long illness, he died in June 2018. He had amassed a huge collection of prints, slides and digital images over the years, many of which have already been uploaded to both national and local archive websites. See our blog post for more information.

Shortly before he died, Jim gifted his entire collection of photos to NOSAS. We are in the process of sorting out these thousands of images, cataloguing them, and then trying to establish what part of Scotland they show. Without this "geo-referencing", any image, however interesting, is worthless. So, a small band of NOSAS members are currently undertaking the sorting and cataloguing. We then hope there will be many volunteers to helps us work through the geo-referencing phase of the project. Anyone interested, please contact Roland. 

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