Ancient key found by metal detector during search of north-east town

Started by gash, December 16, 2016, 11:01:13 am

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An ancient key, which might once have kept a north-east nobleman's treasured possessions locked up, has been found in Macduff.

The relic was unearthed by a local metal detector during a search of the town last year.

The medieval casket key was handed over to Treasure Trove, the body which ensures that Scotland's historic artefacts are preserved and it has now passed the item on to Aberdeenshire Council for inclusion in its museum service.

It is hoped the ancient key will be unveiled to the public next year.

Helen Chavez, a documentation assistant for the museum service, branded the key a "high status" object.

She said: "[It] indicates Macduff's importance during the 13th to 15th centuries.

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