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The North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) is a group of professional and amateur archaeologists in the Highlands of Scotland.

NOSAS IconThe main objectives of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) are to further the study of archaeology in the North of Scotland and to promote that interest to a wider audience.

The Society was formed in 1998 by a mixed group of students who had completed the three year course leading to the Certificate in Archaeology through Aberdeen University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Our membership extends across Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Inverness-shire, Lochaber, Perthshire and Argyll. We all share an avid enthusiasm for Highland archaeology.

The Society has organised field-walking expeditions, site prospection, recording and surveying weekends, participation in digs and lectures on archaeological topics. Our members regularly make contributions to the annual Highland Archaeology Festival run by the Highland Council, and to “Scottish Archaeology Month” organised by Archaeology Scotland.

NOSAS events provide a great opportunity to meet like minded people and to share ideas and information. Throughout the year the NOSAS calendar has a range of trips to different destinations of archaeological interest and members can get together in a friendly and sociable atmosphere.

We have a comprehensive range of equipment for surveying and recording, as well as for excavation, which members can arrange to borrow.  We also have a library from which members can borrow books.  It is housed within the Highland Council’s library at Dingwall Academy.

A perfect example of a barbed and tanged arrowhead was found on one of our first field-walking outings. It was adopted as our logo.

The NOSAS Blog was launched in July 2014 and is currently edited by James McComas. Its aim is to publish a range of articles relating to the archaeology of the north of Scotland, contributed by authors from both the NOSAS membership and the wider archaeological community. If you have a blog related query or an idea for a post you may contact James directly here. For more general queries please contact us via the NOSAS website.

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