Home   News   Article

Tarradale time detectives bring Black Isle's rich past to life with display set to visit Muir of Ord, Dingwall, Fortrose and North Kessock


By Hector MacKenzie


A display on the archaeological project at Tarradale is going on tour. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 044283
A display on the archaeological project at Tarradale is going on tour. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 044283

PROGRESS to date on a Ross-shire project delving into part of the county's past is being showcased across the area – with a taste of exciting projects yet to follow.

A Tarradale Through Time visual archaeological display is touring local libraries and other local venues this summer with stints in Dingwall, Muir of Ord, Fortrose and North Kessock scheduled.

Tarradale Through Time: Community Engagement with Archaeology in the Highlands is a major multi-period three year North of Scotland Archaeological Society project based at Tarradale near Muir of Ord.

It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

A display on the archaeological project at Tarradale is embarking on a tour of Black Isle venues. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 044283
A display on the archaeological project at Tarradale is embarking on a tour of Black Isle venues. Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 044283

The 2017 excavations uncovered significant Mesolithic finds, including two antler T axes and a harpoon. Excavations in September 2018 then focused on the Gilchrist promontory fort and Balvattie enclosed settlement.

Tim Blackie, a trustee of North of Scotland Archaeological Society, said: “There’s just so much material from the Mesolithic dig, that’s the period around 6000BC or the late stone age.”

The Tarradale Barrow Cemetery will be excavated over the first two weeks in September 2019 and volunteerswill be welcome.

The display is in Dingwall Library until Friday, July 19. It will be at the Muir Hub during the village's gala week from July 21 to July 28 and then Fortrose Library from July 29 until August 16. On August 19, the display returns to the Muir Hub until September 14 – apart from August 31 when Tarradale Through Time will have a stand at the North Kessock Market.

To find out more, see www.tarradalethroughtime.co.uk



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More