Possible ancient dagger found in 17th century house in Scotland
BOTHWELL, SCOTLAND—The Scottish reports that traces of four buildings dating from the 14th to 17th centuries were discovered during roadworks in southern Scotland. The buildings were part of a village transformed into a park in the 18th century by the Duke of Hamilton. At the foundation of one of the buildings, researchers found a spindle spindle, a whetstone, two 17th-century coins and an iron dagger. The dagger, which may have been made in the Iron Age, could have been put down as part of a ritual to protect the structure and its inhabitants from damage, according to Natasha Ferguson of Guard Archeology. Gemma Cruickshanks of National Museums Scotland said the dagger appears to have been covered with a sheath when it was buried and was likely still usable at the time. Other objects recovered from foundations may have represented a special connection to an individual, activity or place. Pottery, a tobacco pipe, game pieces, nails and evidence of metalwork have also been found at the site. To learn more about DNA analysis of remains dating from the 13th to 15th centuries buried in a particular Scottish grave, go to “Heads of Families”.