Excavations September 2018
Tarradale Through Time will start the next phase of the project this September. We will work on the Gilchrist Promontory Fort followed by Balvattie Enclosed Settlement from Saturday 8th until Saturday 22nd September, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm daily. Saturday 22nd September will also be an Open Day with site tours at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30.
Dr Eric Grant, TTT project leader, says “We do not know exactly what these sites are - one may be a late prehistoric or possibly medieval homestead surrounded by an outer ditch, to the south of Gilchrist church, while the other appears to be small promontory fort projecting into a former kettle hole loch near the Black Isle Showground”.
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. Again there will be training for everyone. The finds processors will be required in small numbers during the excavation but more especially after 22nd September when the post-excavation work will begin.
There will be further opportunities for volunteering in 2019. If you are interested please email email@example.com, indicating if you are interested in digging or finds processing or both.
Parking instructions can be found here, but please let us know first if you are coming to help!