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Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard from Bronze Age in Scotland

Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien made the discovery, which included jewellery and a sword, in a field near the village of Peebles, about 36 kilometres south of Edinburgh.

Treasure-hunter finds 3,000-year-old hoard from Bronze Age in Scotland

This undated photo issued by Crown Office Communications shows objects found by metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien in the Scottish Borders. (Crown Office Communications via AP)

An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewellery and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said Monday (Aug 10).

Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien said he was "shaking with happiness" when he made the discovery in June, in a field near the village of Peebles, about 36 kilometres south of Edinburgh.

This undated photo issued by Crown Office Communications shows metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien at the excavation site near Peebles, Scotland, after he found objects believed to be from the Bronze Age objects. (Crown Office Communications via AP)

"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," he said.

Stepien and his friends contacted the Scottish government's Treasure Trove unit and camped in the field for 22 days as archaeologists uncovered the assemblage of artefacts. These included a complete horse harness, buckles, rings, ornaments, a sword still in its scabbard and axle caps from a chariot.

They, and the dirt around them, are now at the National Museums Collection Center in Edinburgh.

This undated photo issued by Crown Office Communications shows a sword in its scabbard found during a dig near Peebles, after metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien found objects believed to be from the Bronze Age. (Crown Office Communications via AP)

Emily Freeman, head of the Treasure Trove Unit, said it was a "nationally significant find." It is only the second Bronze Age hoard ever excavated in Scotland. 

"It was an amazing opportunity for us to not only recover bronze artefacts, but organic material as well," she said. "There is still a lot of work to be done to assess the artefacts and understand why they were deposited." 

(Source: CNA/AP)

Source: CNA/ap

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