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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Schoolboys unearth golden hair tress more than 4,000 years old
A GOLDEN hair tress dating back 4,300 years has been unearthed by a group of children taking part in a summertime archaeological dig.
Experts say the pre-Bronze Age ornament is one of the most significant recent archaeological finds ever discovered in the UK.
Mini-archaeologists Joseph and Aidan Bell and their friends Luca and Sebastian Alderson were taking part in a community excavation at Kirkhaugh, Northumberland, when they saw a glint of gold in the soil.
To their astonishment it turned out to be an ancient hair tress which is one of the earliest pieces of metal work dug up in the UK.
The schoolchildren, aged between seven and ten, had been on a dig arranged by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership's Altogether Archaeology project, when they stumbled across the treasure.