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.