Bronze Age weapon pieces found on Isle of Coll said to be 3,000-years-old


Archaeologists have excavated what are believed to be pieces from Bronze Age weapons some 3000-years-old from the nature reserve on the Isle of Coll.

These pieces of broken swords and spearheads are believed to be from at least seven different weapons and according to archaeologists involved with the find the weapons may have been intentionally broken and cast into the waters as part of offering to gods or goddesses of the time.

This is by far the largest of its kind discovery in Coll and the pieces have been handed over to Kilmartin Museum in Argyll for ongoing conservation and care. This is not the first find as there have been excavations in 19th century that led to discovery of bronze swords; however, there is no trace ose those swords now making the latest finding a large one from Argyll for many years.

Archaeologists at the Treasure Trove Unit, National Museums Scotland and RSPB Scotland directed the investigation. Trevor Cowie, from National Museums Scotland’s department of Scottish history and archaeology, said: “While a fair number of objects from this period have been discovered in the west of Scotland in the past, we generally know very little about the precise places where they were found.

“Archaeological techniques have developed dramatically since those 19th century discoveries were made, so we have a great opportunity here to resolve many unanswered questions about life on Coll some 3,000 years ago.”

Those interested in viewing the find can head to Isle of Coll’s An Cridhe community centre on Thursday and Friday. Trevor Cowie will also give a talk about the discovery, ahead of a Q&A with archaeologists from RSPB Scotland and Kilmartin Museum to discuss ideas for future projects on Coll.