A team of archaeologists has found a gold spearhead in Scotland that date back 3,000 years ago. Apart from this Late Bronze Age object, the team also found a bronze sword, sheath fittings, and fur skins, all of which date back to the same age.
The GUARD Archaeology team has considered these objects as the finding of a lifetime. The objects were found close to the Scottish town of Carnoustie, located in the council area of Angus.
“The hoard of artifacts, which are around 3,000 years old, is the find of a lifetime,” project officer Alan Hunter Blair from GUARD Archaeology told BBC News. “It is very unusual to recover such artifacts in a modern archaeological excavation, which can reveal so much about the context of its burial.”
The artifacts are rare and significant, the researchers say. These could help us understand more about Bronze Age life. While the sword is well-preserved, the archaeologists are really enthusiastic about the spearhead. Apparently, gold spearheads like it are rarely found in the UK.
“The earliest Celtic myths often highlight the reflectivity and brilliance of heroic weapons,” adds Blair. “Gold decoration was probably added to this bronze spearhead to exalt it both through the material’s rarity and its visual impact.”
Moreover, the team also found a leather and wooden scabbard and textile. The experts were surprised that these organic remains, which also include the fur skin, are still preserved since these things usually wear down over time.
This hoard of metalwork was not actually isolated but they were buried within a Late Bronze Age settlement. The researchers are hopeful that they could understand the community that buried these objects.
The archaeological team has also found the largest Neolithic hall in Scotland. The building is believed to go as far back as 4000 BC and it could have been as “old to the people who buried the weapon hoard, as they are to us,” the GUARD team says.
The researchers are still continuing their mission and are painstakingly excavating the site. They also hope to find more artifacts that will allow them to get a glimpse of Bronze Age life. They also say that they still need further analysis to show their research to a peer-reviewed paper.
“The discoveries made on land destined for sporting development have given us a fascinating insight into our Angus forebears and I look forward to learning more about our local prehistory,” points out local councilor Donald Morrison in a statement.