Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

Further excavations carried out over the 400 square metre site by a larger team over the following three months brought to light around 600 silver coins and a number of Thor's hammers, brooches, beads, rings and torques.

On the territory of modern Germany was able to find the treasure supposedly belonging to king Harald I Bluetooth.

Lead archaeologist Michael Schirren said, 'This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance'. They are associated with the era of the Danish king Harald Gormsen, reports The Associated Press.

Amateur archaeologists René Schön and student Luca Malaschnitschenko - volunteers with the state archaeology office - were using metal detectors to search for treasure in January when they found what looked like a nondescript piece of aluminium.

But when the pair cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

The discoverers of the treasure belong to about 150 active volunteer in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, who in their spare time with metal detectors and Global Positioning System devices run over the fields in the northeast stripe.

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The oldest coin in the trove is a Damascus dirham dating to 714 while the most recent is a Frankish Otto-Adelheid penny minted in 983.

A coin unearthed at the dig.

Experts believe the treasure may have been buried in the 980s.

"We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources", archaeologist Detlef Jantzen said.

The Viking-born king is regarded by historians as the founder of the Danish empire and is credited with unifying the country under one flag.

Bluetooth's lasting legacy is found today in smartphones and laptops - the wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two Runes spelling out his initials R. B. It is also dated to the reign of Harald Bluetooth.

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