Research

Portmahomack and the Book of Deer

August 1, 2022

Understanding the Inheritance and Legacy of the Pictish monastic estate at Portmahomack by Cecily Spall of FAS Heritage

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Six heads are better than one

August 1, 2022

A curious medieval burial from St Colman's Church, Portmahomack, Tarbatness

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The diet of the Picts revealed in breakthrough study of skeletons

July 18, 2022

A large-scale isotopic analysis of skeletons from the Scottish Highlands has provided evidence for the first time about the diet of the Picts.

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Tarbat Burials Project - Press Coverage 03 Sept 19 to 24 Sept 2019

July 18, 2022

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.‍

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Professor Gordon Noble closes the 2019 season with exciting update on Northern Picts Project.

July 18, 2022

The Tarbat Discovery Centre’s successful 2019 lecture season came to an informative, well attended and very enjoyable close on Friday 22nd November at Portmahomack’s Carnegie Hall. The speaker was Professor Gordon Noble, Head of the Department of Archaeology at Aberdeen University. He is valued supporter of the Centre.

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