Natasha is responsible for the day to day running of the Treasure Trove Unit. Her responsibilities include dealing with general enquires, engaging with the public and heritage sector on Treasure Trove matters, processing and researching reported artefacts and assemblages and conducting site assessment through archaeological excavation. Natasha has also developed outreach programmes; particularly aimed at hobbyist metal detectorists and designed to encourage good practice and reporting. She has also helped develop digital strategies within the Unit, including the creation of an internal database and Facebook page.
Natasha’s main research interest is in conflict archaeology and she has a PhD in the subject from the University of Glasgow. Her research aimed to assess the negative impact and positive contribution of hobbyist metal detecting on sites of conflict in the UK and its ramifications to the heritage management of battlefields.
Natasha began her career at the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow, working as a research assistant. Amongst other things this research involved directing and co-directing archaeological investigations of Scottish battlefields as part of community-led projects. This included the Battles of Philiphaugh, Scottish Borders (1645) and Prestonpans, East Lothian (1745), and the Fort William and Inverlochy Project.
Natasha has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in archaeology from the University of Glasgow and NUI, Galway, respectively, and has published articles and lectured on subjects including metal detecting, material culture and the cultural heritage management of battlefields.
Outside work, Natasha enjoys hillwalking, skiing and generally travelling around. She is also trying to re-learn French.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.