An excavation on the Isle of Coll has uncovered 3,000-year-old swords and spearheads made of bronze. The twelve pieces are thought to have come from at least seven weapons. The items were recovered from what had once been a freshwater loch and they were broken, perhaps on purpose.

On Thursday, March 17th 2016, Natasha Ferguson will be giving a lecture, titled Broken Sword: Excavation of Bronze Age Metalwork on the Isle of Coll, at 7.30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 of the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Univesity of Glasgow. This talk will discuss the excavation itself, together with the possible reasons for the deposition of the finds.


About Natasha Ferguson

Natasha is the Treasure Trove Unit Officer, based within National Museums Scotland. She began her career at the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, University of Glasgow working as a research assistant. Amongst other things this research involved directing and co-directing archaeological investigations of Scottish battlefields as part of community-led projects. This included the Battles of Philiphaugh, Scottish Borders (1645) and Prestonpans, East Lothian (1745), and the Fort William and Inverlochy Project. Another aspect of this role was the post-excavation and analysis of several battle-related assemblages. The most significant of which was the cataloguing of the assemblage recovered from the Battle of Culloden on behalf of the National Trust for Scotland.

Throughout this research and her work in the Centre, Natasha has worked closely with hobbyist metal detectorists across the UK. This has been an invaluable experience which has greatly informed her current role as Unit Officer which aims to encourage the reporting and accurate recording of battle-related material and to raise awareness of sites of conflict as sensitive archaeological landscapes. Other research interests include heritage management, community archaeology and education in archaeology. Natasha has also worked extensively in schools, developing artefact-based workshops to Primary and Secondary levels.

Natasha has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in archaeology from the University of Glasgow and NUI, Galway respectively, and has published articles and lectured on subjects including metal detecting, material culture and the cultural heritage management of battlefields.

Natasha has been a member of GAS for several years and enjoyed attending lectures as a student. She joined the council in 2014 and has recently taken over the role of Publicity Officer which involves designing publicity materials and managing the Society’s social media output. Natasha’s aim is to encourage a core base of younger members to the 
Society and to highlight Scotland’s archaeological talent, especially at a local level.