Stuart is responsible for the operation of the Treasure Trove Unit based at the National Museums Scotland. He studied archaeology at Edinburgh University and before coming to the TTU worked for various heritage bodies, including RCAHMS and at the Presidio Trust, San Francisco on a US/ICOMOS scholarship. His main interests lie in material culture from 1100-1800 and in the use of objects to construct social and cultural identities. Current research interests include the material culture of medieval identities and he is currently recording metal detector finds of seditious and obscene objects from the Georgian period. This is part of a larger interest in the archaeology of illegal and socially disreputable behaviour which includes work on illicit distilling. He is currently involved in a multi-agency approach to heritage crime in Scotland. Outside of work he is interested in Alpine and rock climbing, the cultural aspects of camouflage, analogue photography and has recently started learning to sew.