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7 September 2011
5000-year-old arrowhead unearthed in Scotland

Archaeologists on the site of the Kilwinning mediaeval abbey in Scotland believe the flint leaf arrowhead dates from the early Neolithic, circa 3500 BCE.
     Tom Rees, of Rathmell Archaeology, said: "While this may be a stray loss by a prehistoric hunter, Neolithic flint arrowheads during the mediaeval period were termed elf-shot and used as amulets to protect the wearer, giving a more intriguing process for bringing the arrowhead onto our site."
     Already a range of medieval and post-medieval finds have been recovered including slate carved as gaming boards.

Edited from The Irvine Herald and Kilwinning Chronicle (2 September 2011)

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