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  • It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jonie Guest. Jonie was a good friend to many of us, and also a very active and hugely important member of NOSAS for many years. A long time member of the committee, she was once Secretary, and latterly leader on Skills and Training and editor of the newsletter. She was also a member of the Tarradale Through Time project committee. She will be much missed.

  • During the Covid-19 lockdown, we've sadly had no meetings or field trips. Instead, we've initiated a series of online MAD evenings where two people make a presentation on a topic that interests them, with Q&A afterwards. A list of these presentations with links so that you can watch them again can be found here

  • A previously unknown Pictish cross slab (right) was discovered by NOSAS members near Conon Bridge in 2019. The find was subsequently removed from the site for conservation and will be installed on permanent display in Dingwall Museum in 2020. See our Facebook Post and Blog Post for more general information on the project.

  • NOSAS's Tarrradale Through Time (TTT) Project excavated a barrow cemetery, potentially one of the largest in Scotland, last year. For more information about the dig see the new blog post. You can also read about our spectacular last day find on the BBC News website.

  • NOSAS has a new publication out. A Year of Highland Archaeology features 10 articles each focusing on diverse and exciting archaeology that NOSAS has been with involved with recently. Find out more - including how to buy - here, or read the blog.

  • Check out our new page Historical Routes Through the Highlands where we feature pdf information sheets for various important old routes which you can download or print. The latest route available is The Tollie Path, from Poolewe to Slattadale.

  • A NOSAS project digitising the Lovat Estate Maps began in April 2018. 500 maps are now available on the National Library of Scotland website. See the new blog post.

  • NOSAS has been cataloguing and sorting over 5000 aerial photographs gifted by the late Jim Bone in May 2018. These slides, prints and digital images now make up the JS Bone Collection. See the recent related blog post

  • Scotland's Rock Art Project (ScRAP), a major 5 year study funded by HES, is ongoing with full NOSAS involvement. For more information see our Current Projects page, the new SCRAP website and the new blog post

  • Other recent posts on the NOSAS Blog include David’s Fort Revisited – and a Strange Coincidence?The Archaeology of the Findhorn DunesDroning on about Tarradale and Pictish Eagles and the Strathpeffer Stone.  On our Survey Reports Page you will find the recent additions on Urchany, Inverlaidnan, Ardboll Township, Kinbeachie Castle, Isle Ewe, Isle Martin and Tanera Mor.



The North of Scotland Archaeological Society
is pleased to announce the publication of


- The History and Archaeology of a Northeast Highland Glen

Take a journey through this beautiful and little known glen and discover its historical and archaeological secrets. The glen is reputed to have been one of the most densely populated in Ross-shire – why was this? How did the people survive? What was the fate of this “super abundant” population? This book tells the story of the glen at a time of great upheaval and controversial change, relating it to the archaeological sites discovered and recorded during a 3 year project.

“The result of an ambitious project to survey Strathconon, a glen into which few archaeologists had trodden, is this magnificent volume, where history, archaeology and ethnography are drawn together into a fascinating overview of the glen, its landscape, environment, and its people”         
Professor Richard Oram, University of Stirling

“From the end of the 18th century when whisky was a high value, albeit illicit, product through the privations of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century, the life of the people is vividly brought to life”.  Anne Coombs NOSAS Chair

Available through booksellers in the area price £9, or direct from NOSAS, c/o 10 Riverford Cres, Conon Bridge, Ross-shire, IV7 8HL  (£9 + £2 p&p).  (NOSAS Members' price £8)


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