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This Bronze Age hoard was found by a metal-detectorist, Mariusz Stepien, near Peebles in June 2020. It was promptly reported to Treasure Trove and excavated by archaeologists from National Museums Scotland.
Communities in Late Bronze Age Scotland (1000-800 BC) often buried hoards of metalwork. This pit contained a complete bronze sword still in its scabbard, and rare horse harness gear and wagon or cart fittings.
The horse gear includes decorated bronze straps, rings and ornaments. These are rare objects, some of which are unique in Scotland. They have affinities with objects across Europe and were likely deposited by a well-connected community. The organic preservation in the hoard is remarkable and includes leather and wood that is three thousand years old. This allows archaeologists to see how the horse harness was assembled – this has never been seen before in Britain.
Model produced on 7 July 2020 by Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark for Treasure Trove.