THT Policies

Human Remains

Access for researchers

The Tarbat Historic Trust (THT) curates archaeological human skeletal remains that were excavated as part of a large-scale archaeological investigation at Portmahomack (download Carver et al. (2019). Researchers at PhD level and above are welcome to apply to access our skeletal collection. Please note that MSc students from other institutions will not be granted access to our skeletal collection.

The curation of the human skeletal remains is overseen by National Museums Scotland (NMS) who grant final approval, following an application to THT (see human remains policy for more details).


Collections Access Form

All applicants should read the THT Human Remains Policy regarding procedures to access the human remains collection and should ensure their application meets the criteria outlined in the document.


PhD students will require a letter of support from their supervisor, to be submitted at the same time as the application form.


Please fill out the access form and email to and copy to Please note this form: NMS Human Remains Access Form is for both destructive and non-destructive sampling/access.


Please note the Tarbat Discovery Centre relies on volunteer staffing, hence access to the human remains collection, and study space if needed, may incur a fee. This is negotiable but may be in the region of £50-£100 per day.



Download the THT Human Remains Policy and NMS access form below.

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