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Sutherland Archaeology Society at Strathnave
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Sutherland Archaeology Society at Strathnave

A copy of a newspaper article of 5 Dec 1986 reporting the sale of the bronze age armulet found at Achvrail, Rogart, which Inverness Museum was keen to acquire, by its owners the Sutherland Trust to pay for repairs and restoration of Dunrobin Castle's museum. Although the Royal Scottish Museum was given first option to buy the 600 BC armlet, they received instead, on a long term loan from the Sutherland Trust, the famous 'Helmsdale Hoard' treasure and a man's shirt of 2000 years ago. The armlet was found near Rogart a the beginning of the 20th century by archaeologists working for the Duke of Sutherland, passing to the Countess of Sutherland who gifted it to the Sutherland Trust, the body set-up to look after the fabric and contents of Dunrobin Castle. The report highlights that the tale of the armlet came to light when it was disclosed that Inverness District Councl had applied to the Board of Trade to prevent the Achvrail armlet being exported by a London dealer who had acquired it at Christie's Auction Rooms in July 1986 for £70,000
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