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TIME OUT with a metal detector Christmas present, Phil Heslop
discovered buried treasure.
he unearthed a 3000- year-old Bronze Age sword, the only one
of its kind to be found in Scotland.
it has gone on display in Stranraer Museum, a major addition
to its collection.
where the sword was found is being kept a secret in case there
are other archaeological remains in the area.
it was somewhere in the North Rhins that Phil, who lives at
Culgrange Cottage, Lochans, decided to try out the detector.
told the "Free Press"this week
was full of flu and I had searched the area all afternoon
until it got dark about 4.15 p.m.
decided I would have one last sweep before going home and
that is when I heard the noise in the earphones - a nice
seven inches under the surface, Phil came across a tip. Out
came the bottom part of the blade. So he decided to take it
home, not realising what he had.
while driving home he realised that the sound produced by
the detector indicated the object was not iron, but a non-ferrous
a couple of days later, he returned to the area where he found
the middle section. Early in January, another search revealed
the hilt, all found within a 20-metre area.