The Treasure Trove System in Scotland

Treasure Trove ensures that significant objects from Scotland's past are preserved in museums for public benefit. These pages are intended to act as a guide for finders, museums and the general public to the Treasure Trove process.

In this website, you will find information for:

General Finders and Detectorists - what objects to report, how to report an object and what happens when an object is claimed

Museums - how to apply for Treasure Trove material, what to do if a member of the public brings an object into the museum

Excavators - how to report an excavation assemblage, how to remove excavated material from Scotland and seeking permission for destructive analysis of artefacts

You will also find information regarding the legal position of Treasure Trove as well as the people who make Treasure Trove possible.

Tribute must...be paid to the hundreds of members of the public who report their finds. By doing so they ensure the history of our country can both be better understood and vividly illustrated by making the objects they have recovered available for examination and kept safe for all us to enjoy in museum collections.

Catherine Dyer, QLTR

gold ring

16th Century Baltic ring found in Burghead, Moray.


The 2015-16 Treasure Trove Unit Annual Report is now published.

The case list for the October 2015 SAFAP meeting is now available.

The minutes of the August 2015 SAFAP meeting are available.


What's happening now in Treasure Trove?

Treasure Trove in Scotland

Spotlight on...

A medieval silver brooch.

medieval silver brooch

Quick links to forms

Forms for museums:

If you need more information on which of these forms is most suitable for your museum, go to Information for Museums

Public engagement

To find out more about having a member of the TTU speak to your group or at an event contact us.