Metal detectorist unearths Bronze Age artefacts in the Scottish highlands

Started by gash, August 10, 2020, 01:38:00 pm

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A metal detectorist has discovered a hoard of Bronze Age artefacts in the Scottish Borders which experts have described as "nationally significant".

Mariusz Stepien, 44, was searching a field near Peebles with friends on June 21 when he found a bronze object buried half a metre underground.

The group camped in the field and built a shelter to protect the find from the elements while archaeologists spent 22 days investigating.

Among the items found were a complete horse harness - preserved by the soil - and a sword which have been dated as being from 1000 to 900 BC.

Mr Stepien said: "I thought I've never seen anything like this before and felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I've just discovered a big part of Scottish history.

"I was over the moon, actually shaking with happiness.

"We wanted to be a part of the excavation from the beginning to the end.
"I will never forget those 22 days spent in the field. Every day there were new objects coming out which changed the context of the find, every day we learned something new.

"I'm so pleased that the earth revealed to me something that was hidden for more than 3000 years. I still can't believe it happened."

As he was getting strong signals from the earth around the initial object, Mr Stepien contacted the Treasure Trove Unit to report his find.

Full article here : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/10/metal-detectorist-unearths-bronze-age-sword-horse-harness-scottish/?fbclid=IwAR1DCYjLxEwoIgZkgzI7X0LMGsKoZgdn1zcAVxa2xjcwutNQB6uXVB051YE
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