Appendix A: Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel ( SAFAP) - terms of reference
SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS ALLOCATION PANEL
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. The Panel is a non-statutory advisory committee established to assist the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer ( QLTR) in discharging his functions in relation to portable antiquities. Scottish Ministers appoint the Panel and provide resources in order to allow the Panel to carry out its remit.
2. The Panel is supported in its work by a secretariat (i.e. the Treasure Trove Unit). The secretariat is currently hosted by National Museums Scotland ( NMS).
3. The Panel comprises a Chair and five members. The Chair and Panel members are appointed for a fixed term (renewable) by Scottish Ministers, except in the case of each of the two ex officio members, one from each of NMS and Museums Galleries Scotland ( MGS), who are nominated by the respective directors of NMS and MGS on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The Panel will be quorate when two members and the Chair are present, and at least one of the members is a ministerial appointment. The Chair may nominate another Panel member to act in her/his stead at a Panel meeting (or other occasion when he would be representing the Panel), which she/he is unable to attend.
4. Members of the secretariat attend Panel meetings to provide information as required by the Chair and to record the Panel business.
5. The QLTR is entitled to attend Panel meetings and members of the QLTR staff may attend Panel meetings with the agreement of the Chair.
6. Other individuals may on occasion be invited to attend Panel meetings at the discretion of the Chair.
7. The Panel's role is to advise the QLTR on valuations and allocations of portable antiquities claimed by the Crown. In carrying out its valuation and allocation work in relation to portable antiquities the Panel is to apply the criteria and follow the procedures set out in the Code of Practice. When considering the valuation and allocation of any claimed item, the Panel may recommend disclaiming to the QLTR.
8. The Panel will respond to requests from the QLTR for advice, comment or action.
9. The Panel will respond to requests from Scottish Ministers.
10. The Chair will liaise with other relevant bodies at his discretion.
11. The Panel will, as required by the QLTR, assist in the definition and dissemination of good practice in relation to Scottish portable antiquities and will assist the QLTR in the production of an annual report on the work of the Panel.
12. The Panel will normally meet three times a year. Additional meetings may be held if required by the Chair. The Chair has the power to deal with items of business other than at Panel meetings, in urgent and exceptional cases.
13. In addition to its normal meetings, the Panel and its secretariat will meet annually with the QLTR to review the year's business and discuss items of mutual concern.
TT.80/07 Pilgrim badge of St Andrew from Crail, Fife. Allocated to Fife Museum Service
A rare example of a lead pilgrim badge of St Andrew, probably dating to the 14th century when the depiction of St Andrew on this type of 'X' cross came into fashion. Fewer than a dozen of these badges of this type are known with the majority coming from the Thames foreshore in London. Pilgrims could buy these badges as a souvenir of their visit to the shrine either at the ferry crossing over the river Forth or at the shrine itself at St Andrews. Pilgrim badges were sewn onto clothing and this example has loops in each corner for this purpose although two of these have broken off.
TT.77/07 Medieval macehead fragments from Peebles, Scottish Borders. Allocated to Tweeddale Museums, Peebles.
This is only the fifth recorded medieval example from Scotland of a knopped and socketed copper alloy macehead. The function of these maceheads is unclear and suggestions range from weaponry to church use although they could have fulfilled either or both functions.