Tarbat Historic Trust would like to thank the Foyle Foundation for receipt of a general purposes grant of £5000. The Trust matched this with funding from Architectural Heritage Fund which enabled them to commission a detailed building survey, building maintenance plan and conservation statement. This is the required precursor to apply for further funding towards fabric repair grants.
Ms Cecily Spall, director of FAS Heritage, has worked at the Portmahomack site over a number of years and is leading this collaborative project involving specialists in archaeological science including Dr Shirley Curtis-Summers, who will analyse five male burials thought to date to the 15th century. The project, supported by grants from Historic Environment Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, includes facial reconstruction, radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis to understand diet and origin, and ancient DNA analysis to understand genetic heritage and explore possible familial relationships.