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The Treasure Trove in Scotland: A Code of Practice publication has been superseded and can now be found on the Office of Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) website
Protecting our Archaeological Heritage for the Nation ISBN 978 0 7559 5887 0 This document is also available in pdf format (2.6mb)
Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The Treasure Trove system 3. Operating the Treasure Trove system: the bodies involved 4. Definitions 5. The Treasure Trove process: chance finds 6. The Treasure Trove process: fieldwork assemblages 7. The role of the finder: chance finds 8. The role of the finder: excavation assemblages 9. The role of museums 10. The role of the Local Authority archaeologist 11. The role of the Treasure Trove Unit 12. The role of SAFAP 13. The role of the QLTR
Appendix A: Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel ( SAFAP) - terms of reference Appendix B: Functions of the Treasure Trove Unit ( TTU) Appendix C: Standard reporting form for chance finds Appendix D: Standard unclaim certificate issued to finders Appendix E: Certificate issued to finders of chance finds of Crown-claimed objects Appendix F: Types of portable antiquities which will ordinarily be liable to claiming for the Crown Appendix G: Standard letter from QLTR to finder of chance finds when portable antiquity is claimed by the Crown Appendix H: Application form for authority to borrow and display unallocated Treasure Trove Appendix I: Application form for authority to borrow unallocated Treasure Trove for research purposes Appendix J: Standard organized fieldwork reporting form Appendix K: Standard application form for museums and other relevant institutions Appendix L: Criteria for allocation in the event of multiple applications Appendix M: Scottish portable antiquities acquired by museums since 31 December 1999 Appendix N: The Treasure Trove process: summary information sheet for finders of chance finds Appendix O: Contact details
Under Scottish law all portable antiquities of archaeological, historical or cultural significance are subject to claim by the Crown through the Treasure Trove system and must be reported.
This document provides a comprehensive guide to the Treasure Trove system and sets out best practice to be followed by all parties involved in its operation.
Page updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017