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Review of Treasure Trove Arrangements in Scotland

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REVIEW OF TREASURE TROVE ARRANGEMENTS IN SCOTLAND

APPENDIX E

Details of cases involving competing bids between NMS and other museums - including assessment of quality, for period of Treasure Trove Advisory Panel meetings from April 1997 to October 2002; and "High Quality" objects claimed as Treasure Trove and not bid for by NMS in period 1997-2002

Crown Office No.

Object

Quality

Bidding Other

Alloc ation

43/02

Rink Farm Mesolithic assemblage*

N/a

SBM

NMS

39/02

Iron Age ingot, Morebattle*

Low

SBM

NMS

01/02

Excavation assemblage, Inveresk*

N/a

ELC

NMS

64/01

13 th century seal matrix (John of Dundemor)

High

Fife

NMS

44/01

2 Roman Finds, Falla/Black Knowes

Low

SBM

NMS

36/01

Fieldwalking assemblage, Tentsmuir, Fife

N/a

Fife

E Fife

23/01

4 Medieval objects, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

21/01

2 Anglo-Saxon objects, one Roman coin, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

17/01

Excavation assemblage, Dunbar

N/a

ELC

NMS

12/01

23 medieval objects, Soutra*

High

SBM

NMS

06/01

Early Historic pin, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

02/01

Early Historic zoomorphic buckle, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

69/00

17-18 th century bodkin, Leven, Fife

Low

Fife

Fife

42/00

Iron Age terret, Seton Sands*

Low

ELC

NMS

19/00

Gold pin and lead object, Dunbar

High

ELC

ELC

130/99

17 th century gold posy ring, Lesmahagow

Low

Hamilton

Hamilton

124/99

Iron Age metal fragment, Dores

Low

Inverness

Inverness

115/99

Hoard of counterfeit placks, Culross***

High

Fife

Fife

95/99

Iron Age mount, Edgerston*

Low

SBM

NMS

81/99

Gold and enamelled annular brooch, Ardvreck

High

Inverness

Inverness

44/99

17 th century horn spoon and amber beads, South Putechantuy

Low

Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute

07/99

Silver Viking arm ring, Colonsay

High

Argyll & Bute

NMS

151/98

Roman statuette of Jupiter, Peebles

High

SBM

SBM

144/98

Flint projectile point, Tain

High

Tain

NMS

142/98

Flint core/tool, Salachy

Low

Inverness

Inverness

117/98

IA whorl & Roman sherd, Traprain Law*

Low

ELC

NMS

35/98

Excavation assemblage, Geirisclett, North Uist

N/a

Storn-oway

Stornoway

01/98

Medieval copper alloy head, St Monans

Low

Fife

Fife

07/98

17 th century Highland brooch, Ulva

High

Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute

172/97

2 Roman brooches, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

171/97

Medieval finds, Aberlady*

Low

ELC

NMS

135/97

Roman marble torso, Leader Water*

High

SBM

NMS

103/97

Roman coin hoard, Springwood*

Low

SBM

NMS

94/97

Hoard of counterfeit placks, Culross***

High

Fife

Fife

92/97

Hoard of counterfeit placks, Culross***

High

Fife

Fife

88/97

Prehistoric painted stone ball

High

Dum-fries

NMS

40/97

15 th century French coin, Gamrie Kirkyard

Low

Ab'deenshire

NMS

65/96

Silver coin hoard, Croal Chapel

High

Dumfries

Dumfries

52/96

Barbed antler point, Bo'ness

High

Falkirk

NMS

Abbreviations-
ELC- East Lothian Council
NMS- National Museums of Scotland
SBM- Scottish Borders Museums

Although the number of cases per Panel meeting -and indeed by year- is too small to be statistically significant, the trend taken over the whole period is that the NMS bid was successful in 23 of 39 cases, or 59% of the total.

The 15 cases marked * are those assigned to NMS on the basis of not splitting site assemblages (Criterion 2.2 of TTAP guidelines); the three cases marked *** are those assigned to local museums on the same criterion. Removing these 18 cases from the calculations leaves a total of 21 cases. Overall, the NMS bid was successful for 8 of the 21 cases (38%). This can be broken down as the NMS being successful for 5 of the 10 high quality cases (50%); 2 of the 8 low quality cases (25%); and 1 of the 3 excavation assemblages.

Note that the assessment of quality is inevitably subjective and does not necessarily represent the view of the Panel. Complexities to this assessment include the fact that, while cases 23/01, 21/01, 06/01, 02/01, 172/97 and 171/97, all from Aberlady, are individually categorised as low quality, together they would represent a high quality grouping of artefacts from this location.

A Saville/S Campbell
11 February 2003

'High Quality' objects claimed as Treasure Trove and not bid for by NMS in period 1997-2002

COTT No.

Object

Allocated museum

08/02

Intact Food Vessel, Pitmilly

E Fife

10/02

Miniature Norse quern stone, Bressay

Shetland

31/02

British gun lock, Culloden battlefield

Inverness

32/02

16 th century stone/lead gunshot, Ladykirk

Scottish Borders

42/02

Viking silver ingot, Maxton

Scottish Borders

44/02

Iron Age carved stone bowl, vicinity Aberdeenshire

Marischal

47/02

Early Historic (7-8 th century) carved stone fragment

Dunbeath

82/01

Late Bronze Age sword, ritually broken, Barnshills

Stranraer

79/01

Early Historic cross slab, Kingsbarns

E Fife

55/01

15 th century silver gilt fede ring, Corskelly

Aberdeenshire Heritage/Aberdeen City

26/01

Seal matrix of 'Willi Ogilvi', Turriff

Forres

08/01

Seal matrix of 'John of Strathern', Foulden

pending

55/00

15 th century silver gilt fede ring, Banff

Aberdeen Heritage

49/00

Medieval seal matrix, Cromarty

Cromarty

23/00

Silver badge of Charles II, Larbert

Falkirk

10/00

Intact Bronze Age sword, vicinity Cairngorms

Marischal

125/99

Intact Bronze Age Food Vessel, Barnbauchle

Dumfries

104/99

17 th century silver brooch, Moray

Elgin

103/99

Medieval silver-gilt iconographic finger ring

Elgin

58/99

Early Historic cross-slab, Kirriemuir

Angus

08/99

Late Bronze Age sword, ritually broken, Lhanbryde

Elgin

06/99

Iron Age finger ring, Buchlyvie

Stirling

02/99

Roman stone altar, Minto

Scottish Borders

121/98

Roman intaglio, Seaton of Usan

Angus

40/98

Medieval silver gilt ring, Airdrie

N Lanarkshire

03/98

Medieval silver seal matrix, Avoch

Inverness

154/97

17 th century gold posy ring, Methil

Kirkcaldy

102/97

Iron Age enamelled finger ring, Birnie

Elgin

99/97

Medieval silver gilt fede ring, East Haven

Angus

97/97

Medieval silver finger ring, Peel of Gartfairn

Stirling

41/97

Medieval silver cross, Crossraguel Abbey

S Ayrshire

38/97

2 enamelled Roman brooches, Dornoch

Inverness

34/97

16-17 th century gold finger ring, Tannadice

Angus

01/97

Polished stone axehead, Bolshan Hill

Angus