Detectorist ‘shaking with happiness’ after Bronze Age find
A metal detectorist was left "shaking with happiness" after discovering a hoard of Bronze Age artefacts in the Scottish Borders.
A complete horse harness and sword was uncovered by Mariusz Stepien at the site near Peebles in June.
Experts said the discovery was of "national significance".
The soil had preserved the leather and wood, allowing experts to trace the straps that connected the rings and buckles.
This allowed the experts to see for the first time how Bronze Age horse harnesses were assembled.
Mr Stepien was searching the field with friends when he found a bronze object buried half a metre underground.
He said: "I thought 'I've never seen anything like this before' and felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I've just discovered a big part of Scottish history.
"I was over the moon, actually shaking with happiness."
Mr Stepien and his friends camped in the field as archaeologists spent 22 days investigating the site.
He said: "Every day there were new objects coming out which changed the context of the find, every day we learned something new."
Archaeologists found a sword still in its scabbard, decorated straps, buckles, rings, ornaments and chariot wheel axle caps.
There is also evidence of a decorative "rattle pendant" that would have hung from the harness, theRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]