Orkney bowl an ‘an­cient trea­sure’

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BY SARAH WARD A WOODEN bowl un­earthed in Orkney may have been a trea­sure in an­cient times.

Archaeologists ex­ca­vated the 2000-year-old arte­fact at Cairns Broch on South Ron­ald­say in the sum­mer.

Af­ter care­fully clean­ing the mud-cov­ered bowl, they have now found that it was re­paired with bronze sta­ples and wooden riv­ets.

Dr Martin Car­ruthers, site di­rec­tor, said: “The way the bowl was treated makes us think it was a spe­cial and rare ob­ject back in the Iron Age.

“They went to great lengths to re­pair the bowl and ex­tend the life­span.”

The bowl was dis­cov­ered in an un­der­ground cham­ber, which ex­perts now be­lieve may have served a cer­e­mo­nial pur­pose.


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