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ARCHAEOLOGISTS have dis­cov­ered bronze weapons dat­ing back 3,000 years buried on the RSPB Scot­land na­ture re­serve on Coll.

Bro­ken swords and spear­heads were found at the site dur­ing an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Trea­sure Trove Unit, in co- or­di­na­tion with Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land and the wildlife char­ity.

In to­tal, 12 ob­jects were ex­ca­vated from at least seven sep­a­rate weapons. The Trea­sure Trove Unit con­tacted lo­cal mu­se­ums who were given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply to ac­quire them for their col­lec­tions. The weapons have since been handed over to Kil­martin Mu­seum in Ar­gyll.

Jill Har­den, RSPB Scot­land re­serves ar­chae­ol­o­gist, said: ‘This is the first dis­cov­ery of this size from Ar­gyll for many years. The items were re­cov­ered from what had once been a fresh­wa­ter loch. It seems they had been pur­posely bro­ken and cast into the wa­ters as part of a cer­e­mony, most likely as of­fer­ings or gifts to gods or god­desses.’

EX­CA­VA­TION: RSPB Scot­land reg­u­larly undertakes

ar­chae­o­log­i­cal stud­ies on its Coll re­serves.

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