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Treasure and how to deal with it.

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:01 pm
by mrix
Treasure and how to deal with it.

All finders of gold and silver objects, and groups of coins from the same finds, over 300 years old, have a legal obligation to report such items under the Treasure Act 1996. Now prehistoric base-metal assemblages found after 1st January 2003 also qualify as Treasure.

Summary of the Treasure Act
Full version of the Treasure Act Code of Practice (revised) PDF 652KB
Advice for finders of archeological items including treasure leaflet

If you need advice on the Treasure Act, or reporting items of potential treasure, the regional Finds Liaison Officers will be happy to help.The Portable Antiquities Scheme does not operate in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The laws regarding Portable Antiquities in Scotland are very different than those in England and Wales. Whereas in England and Wales the recording of all non-Treasure finds is voluntary, all archaeological objects found in Scotland should be reported under Treasure Trove. Therefore our focus, since we are a voluntary recording Scheme, is upon people finding archaeological objects in England and Wales.

For more information on the law in Scotland see;
email [email protected] or write to:
Treasure Trove Secretariat,
National Museums of Scotland,
Chambers Street,
EH1 1JF.

For more information on the law in Northern Ireland, see or write to:
Department of the Environment
5-33 Hill Street
Tel: 028 9054 3001
Fax: 028 9054 3111

Property found in the sea or the seashore could be from a ship and is known technically as ‘wreck’. Wreck cannot be treasure because it will not have been buried with the intention to recover it. All wreck must be reported to the Receiver of Wreck. This can be done by downloading a form from the Receiver's website. The address of the Receiver of Wreck is:-

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Bay 1/05, Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
S015 1EG
Tel: 02380 329474