This assessment was conducted by GUARD Archaeology Limited, having been commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Treasure Trove Unit (TTU). The assessment set out to establish the extent and character of hobbyist metal detecting in Scotland by engaging in discussion with representatives from both the heritage profession and the metal detecting community.
The assessment took the form of a set of research questions agreed by a Reference Group appointed for this assessment; this group consisted of representatives from the heritage profession and the metal detecting community. The individuals who provided data and information for the assessment included: TTU, members of The Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO Scotland), other Planning Authority Archaeological Advisors, Museum representatives, the Forestry Commission Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, National Council for Metal Detecting and several metal detecting clubs and individuals representing Scotland and northern England.
The data gathering took place from December 2015 to March 2016. A total of 198 responses (32 main research responses, 166 online responses) were received through a combination of face to face discussion, telephone discussion, email, metal detecting Dig visits and through an online version of the research questions.