Schoolboy with metal detector unearths ancient Viking hoard of Harald Bluetooth's treasure


On a field of 400 square meters, they came upon a silver treasure from the late 10th century with coins that are assigned to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth (about 910 - 987). They reported their notice into any off ice and after led to the sweep performed from the team of authorities.

The duo made the unexpected discovery while hunting for riches with metal detectors on Rügen, Germany's largest island, in the Baltic Sea. Then began the excavations of the archaeological state service, during which was found the treasure.

"This was the (biggest) discovery of my life", hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.

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Archaeologists dug up braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and nearly 600 coins on the German island of Ruegen.

More than 100 of the coins have Christian crosses on them and are believed to have been minted in the kingdom of Bluetooth. Back in 2015, a man discovered Roman-era coins, mosaic glassware, and hobnails from a pair of shoes and last year, four 2,000 year gold torques were unearthed in England. According to the Guardian, the oldest of the coins comes from the year 714, while the most recent one dates back to the year 983.

The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in the 980s, the same time Harald fled Denmark after losing a sea battle against forces loyal to his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

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Gormsson was one of the last Viking kings of Denmark and became popular for bringing Christianity to the country. He was known as Bluetooth probably because of a prominent discoloured tooth.

Picture: Part of the treasure trove found in northern Germany.

"We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources", archaeologist Detlef Jantzen said. It is in his honor that the Bluetooth wireless communication technology has been named.

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