Statistical release for Reported Treasure Finds (2012 and 2013)

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Annual statistics of the number of objects of reported Treasure Finds found in 2012 (and the headline number for 2013) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) produced by the British Museum on behalf of DCMS were released on 6 November 2014 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

  • Period covered: January 2012 to December 2013 for reported treasure finds.
  • Geographic coverage: England, Wales and Northern Ireland for reported treasure finds.
  • Last release date: 31 October 2013
  • Next release date: Treasure statistics from 2013 and headline figures for 2014 will be published in the third quarter of 2015

Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) record finds of treasure and portable antiquities on the Portable Antiquities database.


Statistical release for Reported Treasure Finds (2012 and 2013) website


Statistical release for Reported Treasure Finds PDF, 280KB, 10 pages

Statistical release for Reported Treasure Finds MS Word Document, 221KB

Tables A - C: Reported Treasure Finds MS Excel Spreadsheet, 19.9KB

Headline results for 2013

  • In 2013, 993 finds of Treasure were reported. The equivalent number for 2012 was 990.

Breakdown for 2012

  • In 2012, 84 per cent of Treasure finds were object cases (833 cases), of which just over half of these were disclaimed/Return to Finder (RTF) cases. A further quarter of object cases were acquired.
  • In 2012, the vast majority (92%) of Treasure finds were discovered by metal detecting. A further 3 per cent of cases were by an archaeological find and 3 per cent have yet to be confirmed.
  • In 2012, 154 parties waived their right to a reward in 93 cases of Treasure, allowing them to be acquired by museums at no (or reduced) public cost.

Pre-release access

The document below contains a list of officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Reported Treasure Finds. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum.
List of officials who have received privileged early access (PDF, 173KB, 1 page)

Contact for enquiries

Department for Culture, Media and Sport 4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ
The responsible analyst for this release is Jodie Hargreaves
For enquiries on this release contact: 020 7211 6327
For general enquiries telephone: 020 7211 6000

Contact: Jodie Hargreaves 020 7211 6327

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