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A Metal Detectorist Discovers a Hoard of Bronze Age Artefacts

A Metal Detectorist Discovers a Hoard of Bronze Age Artefacts

In the Scottish Borders, a metal detectorist was “shaking with happiness” after discovering a hoard of Bronze Age artefacts. 

Mariusz Stepien, Metal Detectorist, found out a complete horse harness and sword near Peebles in June. 

On this, the experts say that this discovery was of “national significance”—source: BBC. 

According to the experts, the soil type in the area helped preserve the wood and leather for ages. Further, this allowed the team of experts to trace the straps which connected the buckles and rings. 

With this, the experts said that this discovery made it possible for them to see how Bronze Age horse harnesses were assembled and looked like. 

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.” Source: BBC. 

Further, he revealed that he, along with his friends, has been camping in the field as archaeologists spend around 22 days there to inspect each corner of the site. 

He stated- “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 3,000 years. I still can’t believe it happened.” Source: BBC. 

After an in-depth investigation, the team of archaeologists found decorated straps, a sword in its scabbard, ornaments, rings, buckles, and chariot wheel axle caps. 

The head of the Crown Office’s Treasure Trove Unit, Emily Freeman, said- it was “a nationally-significant find. So few Bronze Age hoards have been excavated in Scotland, it was an amazing opportunity for us to not only recover bronze artefacts, but organic material as well.” Source: BBC. 

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