Archaeologists consider meaning of Mingary Castle arrowhead

Mingary Castle, overlooking the Sound of Mull in Scotland, may have had a more violent past than once believed, according to experts pondering the discovery of an iron arrowhead. (photo)

The arrowhead may have been used for hunting, but it could also been a weapon used in combat. The island of Mull, in the Scottish Hebrides, was the site of violent conflicts from the 12th century up until the 19th. "It could also be a hunting arrowhead, unrelated to warfare, although it is tempting to think otherwise," said Ross Cameron of Addyman Archaeology. "None of us on site have ever found an iron arrowhead before, so we are all tremendously excited about it."