A farm field in Scotland has yielded a dazzling harvest of ancient silver, left at a prehistoric stone circle more than a thousand years ago by someone who never recovered the treasure.Surprised researchers found the trove at a site called Gaulcross in northeastern Scotland. The scientists were merely trying to learn more about Gaulcross, where 19th-century farm workers dug up a silver cache that has been almost entirely scattered and lost.
“We hoped we might find the odd fragment,” says archaeologist Gordon Noble of Scotland’s University of Aberdeen. “I don’t think we really expected in our wildest dreams to find more than 100 pieces of silver.” He and his colleagues report the new find in the current issue of the journal Antiquity.
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