Ownerless property
Last updated: 22 May 2019

Historical items

Items which are found in the ground and are of historical interest to the country fall under 'treasure trove'.

Any potential find should be reported to the Treasure Trove Unit as soon as possible. This is to stop the object becoming lost or damaged.

Report a potential find

Email the Treasure Trove Unit at
Call them at: 0131 247 4355 or write to them at:

Treasure Trove Unit
National Museums of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF


The finder has no legal claim to a reward but the QLTR may award a payment up to the full market value of the find.

The payment can be adjusted or taken away if the finder mistreats the object.