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Thrill of the hunt as history is uncovered

ANTICIPATION hung in the air last week as the first of around 70 metal-detecting enthusiasts arrived on Ardkinglas Estate, Cairndow.

The organiser of the weekend event was Grant Maxwell of, who had paid visits earlier in the year to the location. A number of ‘finds’ turned up dur ing one of those trips in the early spring, including a 1797 penny; a late 17th/early 18th century silver buckle; a Dandy button worn on the coats of elegantly attired 18th century gentlemen; some musket and grape shot. But the most importantly find of all was an insular mount from the 7th/8th century, of which Grant ex plained: ‘It would be mounted on a sword or bridle for good luck or to show ownership. It could be Viking related, and the Treasure Trove people in Edinburgh say it is hugely significant.’

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