Scottish authorities said Monday that an amateur treasure hunter has discovered one of the most significant Bronze Age treasures ever found in Scotland, including 3,000-year-old jewelry and a sword. It is reported by the BBC.
Treasure hunter 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 kilometers south of Edinburgh.
I thought I had never seen anything like it before, and I felt from the beginning that it could be something impressive and I just discovered most of Scotland’s history.
Stephen and his friends contacted the Scottish government’s treasury department and camped in the field for 22 days while archaeologists retrieved a collection of artifacts. The treasure included a full horse harness, buckles, rings, jewelry, a sheathed sword, and chariot axle caps.
All of the finds and the soil surrounding them are now in the Collections Center of National Museums in Edinburgh.
Emily Freeman, head of the treasury department, said it was a “find of national importance.” It is only the second Bronze Age hoard ever excavated in Scotland.
It was a great opportunity for us to restore not only bronze artifacts but also organic materials. There is still a lot of work to be done to evaluate the artifacts and understand why they were deposited.
Emily Freeman, Head of Treasury, Royal Office