Protecting our Archaeological
Heritage for the Nation.


As Treasure Trove is the property of the Crown under Scots Common law, the Treasure Trove Unit should be contacted ahead of any press releases pertaining to unallocated material.

When speaking to the press you should bear in mind the following points:

  • An excavation assemblage can only be allocated to an accredited museum based in Scotland. The preference is for material to be allocated to a local institution.
  • The decision as to where an assemblage is allocated is taken by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR).
  • Material can only be removed from Scotland for an agreed period with the consent of the QLTR.