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Bronze Age pottery find in archaeological dig on Lewis

bronze age pottery found on Lewis
Image caption Experts initially believed the pottery was from the Iron Age but now think it is much older

A significant Bronze Age pottery find has been made during an archaeological dig on the east side of Lewis.

Pieces believed to date from between 1500 and 1000 BC were unearthed in the Point area.

Scottish Water had been working on a new line when a saddle quern, used for grinding corn, was spotted.

The site was initially thought to be an Iron Age dwelling but experts now believe they are dealing with something older.

Image caption Much more pottery has been found since the initial discovery of the saddle quern

The water line has been diverted and the site evaluated by a specialist team.

Archaeologist Alastair Rees said: "The pottery that we first found initially seemed to be from the Iron Age.

"But since then we have found much more pottery and it is definitely Middle Bronze Age, which is much older in date.

"So we have had to rethink the site considerably."

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