Dr Natasha Ferguson is Treasure Trove Unit Officer.

Natasha FergusonNatasha 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.

Selected publications

  1. A. J Hall, R. Ellam, L. Wilson, T. Pollard and N. Ferguson 2011. Corrosion Studies and the Lead Isotope Analyses of the Musket Balls from Scottish Battlefields, in Memmi, .T (ed) Proceedings of the 37th International Symposium on Archaeometry. Springer, pp 591-599
  2. Ferguson, N. N. 2008 Platforms of Reconciliation? Issues in the Management of Battlefields in the Republic Ireland, in Pollard. T. and I. Banks (eds) The Journal of Conflict Archaeology. Brill Press
  3. Ferguson, N. N. 2013 Biting the bullet: the role of hobbyist metal detecting within battlefield archaeology, in Internet Archaeology 33.
  4. Ferguson, N. N. 2012 The Battle of Philiphaugh Community Archaeology Project: Final Report. Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow.
  5. Pollard, T and Ferguson, N.N. 2009. Prestonpans Battlefield Project: Final Report. GUARD

Selected conference papers

  1. Harmless hobby or destructive looting: the role of hobbyist metal detecting within battlefield archaeology
  2. 45th Chacmool International Conference
  3. University of Calgary, Canada – November 2012
  4. Biting the bullet: assessing the positive contribution and negative impact of hobbyist metal detecting to battlefield archaeology
  5. 6th Field of Conflict Conference
  6. University of Osnabruck, Germany, April 2011
  7. ‘Conflict in the Classroom: Bringing Battlefield Archaeology to Schools’
    Highland Archaeology Festival Conference
    Inverness – October 2010
  8. ‘You can’t be serious? Looking towards an ethnographic approach to researching hobbyist metal detecting’
    Scottish Theoretical Archaeology Group (STAG)
    University of Glasgow – October 2010

For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.

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