So, a few weeks back I bought a couple of skulls from a user on here. I was expecting cleaned and ready-to-display specimens. They arrived very quickly, but I’m in the middle of a move and just put the package aside without opening it. Well, turns out that they were raw skulls. My fault, I probably shouldn’t have presumed. Should be noted that I myself don’t have a sense of smell (not Covid, but the result an incident years ago), but after some questions and complaints I opened the box and... I’m wondering if these are salvageable. I put the package in a hermetically sealed baf and in a freezer immediately but maybe it’s too little too late? From what I can tell the bones are intact but the tissue is rancid and decomposing. I’d never planned to have to clean my own skulls but I’m willing to give it a try. I know burying them and letting nature run its course is an option but might not be the best look as the only space I’d have to do that is behind my funeral home in a fairly residential area. The specimens aren’t valuable enough for me to take to a professional even if one did exist in the Washington DC area, yet I don’t want to just trash them. So, the reasonable thing, I suppose, is to do it myself. I’ve read some how-to things online, but none that I’ve seen mention how far-gone the tissue can be before even dermestid beetles are put off by it. Also, everything I’ve read said the beetles have a smell of their own so I’m wondering how much of a problem that might be on the balcony of a condo in the city. Really have no idea what to do with the beetles when they’re done either. I suppose that if the process is easy enough and my neighbors don’t complain I could do more in the future, but I’m just an amateur collector that wouldn’t have the volume to keep them thriving. Being vegan, I don’t keep many meat scraps on-hand. So, I’m looking for some guidance from anyone who can identify with this comedy of errors and/or offer some practical solutions for cleaning skulls in an urban area as well as finding purpose for beetles afterwards. Feel free to mock my stupidity in the process!