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Tarradale Through TimeCommunity 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.

Summaries of what the project has achieved so far can be read on the NOSAS Blog here and here

2017 Excavations. C14 Radiocarbon dates have now been published from our Shell Midden excavations. Rare Mesolithic antler tools were found, including two T axes, of which only another 3 examples are known in the UK. See the most recent information here.

2018 Excavations. TTT excavated Gilchrist Promontory Fort and Balvattie Enclosed Settlement in September. See the Blog post here

2019 Excavations will focus on the Barrow Cemetery. These will take place from 31st August until 15th September.


The funding from HLF is on the understanding that Tarradale Through Time is a community archaeological project and we need to involve the local community in our excavation and post excavation work. As many of you are aware we will be excavating the ‘Pictish’ cemetery. Steve Birch is our appointed supervisor this year in partnership with Gordon Noble, Aberdeen University. 

This year we will need a wide range of people, lots of diggers but also people who are willing to do non digging jobs such as surveying with our new resistivity unit and other survey work.  As we will be launching our Tarradale Challenges just before the start of the dig we will have space for people to do art at the dig and ideally we will need people to oversee this area.  We might even have some finds!

If you are interested please email tarradalethroughtime@gmail.comindicating your available dates. Ideally we would like you to commit to at least 2 days but the more the better.

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