Welcome to the Tarradale Through Time Website!
Tarradale Through Time: Community Engagement with Archaeology in the Highlands was a major multi-period archaeology project based at Tarradale near Muir of Ord in the Highlands of Scotland. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, and its excavations ran from 2017 for 2019. Our book, published in 2022, is available here. Although TTT has now finished, work continues under the Tarradale Archaeological Team (TAT).
The 2017 excavations uncovered significant Mesolithic finds, including two antler T axes and a harpoon. You can read a summary of the results here. Excavations in September 2018 focused on Gilchrist Promontory Fort and Balvattie Enclosed Settlement; a report of our findings can be read here. The Tarradale Barrow Cemetery was excavated in September 2019. Read the Blog post.
Field walking finds from the Tarradale area indicate a rich multi-period archaeological landscape underneath the plough soil; with significant evidence from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Medieval right through to the modern period. The project allowed the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS)* to work with the local community to research the archaeological heritage and to make this knowledge more widely available.
The project assessed the degree of survival of buried features and will provide recommendations for how the landscape may be better preserved in the future.
*NOSAS is an SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) SC044585 registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.