NESARS (formerly known as OFARS) is a group of local people keen to find out more about about the archaeology of North East Scotland.  Only a few of us have professional training, but many of us work as volunteers on excavations, local and further afield, thus gaining valuable experience and expertise.
Our aims include: Carrying out high quality field-work in the North East Encouraging interest in the archaeology of the area Supporting other non-professionals who wish to do the same by giving advice and training Assisting in research projects being carried out by other bodies. Providing information for archaeological recording centres.
Who can join?  Anyone over eighteen.  No experience is needed; training beginners is one of our basic aims. There is something for everyone as our activities are very varied. As well as doing front-line archaeology, we also need historical researchers to provide background information. All you need is enthusiasm and a little spare time!
NESARS Projects During the summer we carry out survey and geophysical investigations, revealing unknown sites as well as hidden details of those that are already known. In the winter we concentrate on field-walking, currently in the area north of the river Don near Kildrummy, and along the river Dee at Crathes.
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Aside from our on-going projects, we also make field visits to interesting sites in the NE.
Some NESARS Finds
A few of our Neolithic and Mesolithic finds from the Crathes Field-walking Project  (Photos by D D Sabnis).
Leaf-shaped arrowhead
 Flake knife
Ground and polished flint knife
Narrow blade microliths
Oblique points
Wide-based triangles
Kildrummy Lithic scatters at Kildrummy Crathes Lithic scatters at Crathes Coastal Flint Scatters Lithic scatter in Newburgh sand dunes
Current NESARS Projects
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