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LONDON (AP) — An amateur treasure-hunter has uncovered one of the most significant Bronze Age hoards ever found in Scotland, including jewelry and a 3,000-year-old sword, authorities said Monday.

Metal detectorist Mariusz Stepien said he was “shaking with happiness” when he made the discovery in June, in a field near the village of Peebles, about 22 miles (36 kilometers) south of Edinburgh.

“I thought I’ve never seen anything like this before and felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I’ve just discovered a big part of Scottish history,” he said.

Stepien and his friends contacted the Scottish government’s Treasure Trove unit and camped in the field for 22 days as archaeologists uncovered the assemblage of artifacts. These included a complete horse harness, buckles, rings, ornaments, a sword still in its scabbard and axle caps from a chariot.

They, and the dirt around them, are now at the National Museums Collection Center in Edinburgh.

Emily Freeman, head of the Treasure Trove Unit, said it was a ”nationally significant find.” It is only the second Bronze Age hoard ever excavated in Scotland.

“It was an amazing opportunity for us to not only recover bronze artifacts, but organic material as well,” she said. “There is still a lot of work to be done to assess the artifacts and understand why they were deposited.”

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President Trump slammed Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings during a Sunday campaign rally in New Hampshire, while praising The Post’s reporting on the issue.

“It’s called the laptop from hell,” Trump told a crowd of supporters at an airfield in Londonderry, referring to a computer that contained a trove of sensitive emails and files from Vice President Joe Biden’s son, as reported first by The Post.

“So this guy was — we won’t say why or how — sadly, no longer in the Navy,” said Trump of the younger Biden, discharged in 2014 amid his well-publicized battle with drug addiction.

“Empty years, nothing,” Trump continued. “And then his father becomes vice president, and now he’s making tens of millions of dollars. It’s wrong.

“And Joe’s making it too, by the way,” Trump declared, citing an email which notes that a cut of proceeds from a Chinese business deal would be set aside “for the big guy” — which, according to Fox News, was a veiled reference to the elder Biden.

Joe Biden has long denied discussing overseas business deals with Hunter, and characterized the new information as “a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”

Trump on Sunday heaped praise on The Post for reporting on the issue while most mainstream media outlets shied away — and assailed social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter for their roles in stemming the stories’ spread.

“The media refuses to write it,” he said. “Except for the New York Post, by the way, whose stock has gone way up. I have a lot of respect for the New York Post. What they’ve done is incredible.

“They put a story from the New York Post — fourth-largest newspaper in the country and the oldest by far, founded by Alexander Hamilton — somebody puts up a story about this Biden corruption, which is incredible, and they blocked the story and take down the story.

“It’s unbelievable.”

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