Call it beginner’s luck, but in David Booth’s case it was certainly very lucky, as he found £1m worth of Iron Age jewellery the first time he used his metal detector. The discovery is now being touted as the most important find of the century in Scotland.
Booth intended to take up treasure hunting as a hobby, so he purchased his metal detector and went searching for the very first time in a field in Stirling. However, his investment quickly paid off when he found a group of four gold necklaces fewer than six inches below the surface.
The necklaces were determined to be from the Iron Age, and are known as torcs, and were worn around the neck with an open end much like a cuff bracelet is worn. The jewellery could date back as far as 300BC, which archaeologists believe may change the way that ancient inhabitants of Scotland are perceived.
Not only is it stunning that Booth found treasure the first time he tried out his metal detector, but even more so, given that he only spent about an hour in the field before making his stunning find.
Booth said he choose the field because he had been given permission to look by the landowner, and that he was simply looking because he had a good feeling about the area.
Upon further investigation experts also discovered the remains for a wooden roundhouse which can impact the way that ancient inhabitants are currently viewed by historians. Archaeologists commented that this may show the natives of the land were less isolated than originally believed.