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Tarradale Through Time: Community Engagement with Archaeology in the Highlands

NOSAS has been awarded £69,300 of Heritage Lottery Funding to undertake a community archaeological project on the Black Isle commencing Autumn 2017. Further information can be found on the Tarradale Through Time website.

A summary of archaeological work carried out at Tarradale previously can read on the NOSAS Blog. Find out here who is on The Tarradale Through Time team.

Excavations September-October 2017

The first phase of the project concentrated on the Castle Site from Saturday 23rd September until Saturday 30th September, followed by the Shell Middens from Monday 2nd until Sunday 8th October.

See photos from the excavations here, from the Dig Open Day here, and read our Blog posts on the dig here.

The funding from HLF is very much on the understanding that Tarradale through time is a community archaeological project and we need to involve the local community (that can be defined as wide as you want and includes non-NOSAS members) in our excavation and post excavation work. We are looking for 2 kinds of volunteers. First, experienced diggers who can work alongside and help less experienced diggers, including complete beginners, who will be given training. Secondly we are looking for experienced and inexperienced volunteers who may be less keen on digging but are very happy to assist with, and find out more about, finds processing and recording based at Tarradale Gatehouse. Again there will be training for everyone.

There will be further opportunities for finds processing in 2017, and then to dig on the next phase of excavation in 2018. More details will be posted here in due course. If you are interested in volunteering please email tarradalethroughtime@gmail.com indicating if you are interested in digging or finds processing or both.

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