Metal detecting, collecting and portable antiquities: Scottish and British perspectives

Stuart Campbell

Head of Unit, Treasure Trove Unit, c/o National Museums Scotland

Cite this as: Campbell, S. 2013 Metal detecting, collecting and portable antiquities: Scottish and British perspectives, Internet Archaeology 33.


While it is common to focus on the detail and intent of heritage law, this article focuses instead on the social and cultural attitudes of both archaeologists and finders towards the finding and ownership of portable antiquities, not least in the different laws regarding portable antiquities that operate within the United Kingdom.

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