Treasure Trove Review Now Live

Following the April 2023 announcement of a landmark Review of the Scottish Treasure Trove system, KLTR is pleased to announce work on the Review has begun.

Work on the Treasure Trove Review is currently underway, ahead of a public consultation planned to take place during the first quarter of 2024.

The Review team is tasked with considering and consulting on the arrangements for dealing with finds of portable antiquities in Scotland under the law relating to Treasure Trove and bona vacantia, with reference in particular to:

  1. sustaining, adapting and improving the Treasure Trove system in the context of continuing growth in the numbers of finds reported.
  2. clarifying organisational responsibilities and relationships in running the Treasure Trove system, enabling collaboration and participation of the interested organisations, excavators and finders.   
  3. addressing areas of policy and strategy not covered in the existing Treasure Trove Code of Practice.
  4. informing a pending review of the procedures set out in the Treasure Trove Code of practice. 

The Review is being Chaired by Dr Stuart Allan, formerly Keeper of Scottish History & Archaeology at National Museums Scotland, and past member of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel and Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The Review is scheduled to report on its findings in late summer 2024.