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Growing excitement over Convoy gold artefacts

There will be enormous excitement over the discovery of gold artefacts, which may be thousands of years old, during drainage work in a field on the Donegal-Derry border.

Officials at the National Museum in Dublin are examining the four objects, which are in the shape of bracelets and were uncovered beneath a stone, buried about two feet underground, on agricultural land close to the village of Convoy.

Initial indications are the pieces could date back before the bronze age, which came to an end about 1,000 years BC, or even further, making them not only hugely valuable but of major archaeological significance.

Farmer Norman Witherow deserves full credit for carefully supervising the transfer of the find to the Dublin experts, whose verdict will be eagerly awaited.

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