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Historic find on building site
Archaeologists describe the discovery as highly significant
Historic artefacts dating back 3,500 years have been unearthed on a development site for luxury apartments near Loch Lomond.

The team of 15 archaeologists excavating the site believe they have uncovered settlements which include 7th century Christian cemeteries.

The plot has yielded objects spanning the Bronze and Ice Ages and early Christian and Medieval times.

The find includes cremation pots, jewellery and corn-drying kilns.

The discovery from the 300-acre site at Midross will take experts three years to analyse in laboratories, before the treasures go into museums.

Two Bronze Age cremation sites, three Iron Age settlements and an early Christian burial ground were among the unusual finds.

It's a very important find
Bob Will

A complete shale bracelet and a distinctive rare single glass bead with applied enamel spiral decoration were also discovered.

Bob Will, of the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division, said: "This glass bead is very rare, not many like this have been found in anywhere in Britain.

"It would have been part of a quite beautiful and prestigious piece of jewellery which would have been worn by a fairly affluent woman."

He added: "The site is also highly significant because it's the best example of Bronze Age activity Loch Lomond-side that's been found. It's a very important find."

Craig Mitchell, spokesman for the developers who are building a 45m timeshare resort, said: "It was a real headache to start with because we didn't realise we'd come across this but it's a fantastic discovery.

"It's cost us half a million quid paying the archaeologists, which is a planning requirement, but at least we'll have some good names for the golf course holes."

Settlements include 7th Century burial grounds

Quarry workers recently unearthed a 1,500 year-old Christian burial ground at Auchterforfar, near Forfar in Angus.

The 20 stone-lined graves were found in a sand and gravel pit at Auchterforfar, near Forfar in Angus.

Archaeologists working for Historic Scotland excavated the scene and removed a number of bone remains for examination.

The AOC Archaeology Group was contracted by Historic Scotland to carry out the excavation.

Spokesman Richard Heawood said at the time that experts were hopeful the remains from the burial ground would help them learn more about the nutrition and diet of people living in the period.

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