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 what the project had achieved as of March 2018 can be read on the NOSAS Blog.
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 Photo Gallery and Video Blog. A series of Post-excavation workshops began on Monday 15 October.
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. We are looking for several different kinds of volunteers: Firstly, novice diggers who are keen to get their first experience on an archaeological dig. Secondly, experienced diggers who can work alongside and help less experienced diggers, including complete beginners, who will be given training. Finally, 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 volunteering in 2019. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating if you are interested in digging or finds processing or both.