Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boy unearths legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

Boy unearths legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

The state archaeology office became involved and the amateur archeologists were asked to keep the find a secret until professionals could plan the major dig.

At first Malaschnitschenko thought he'd just found some worthless pieces of aluminium, but it turned out to bethree silver coins, reports DR Nyheder.

"This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance", the lead archaeologist, Michael Schirren, told news agency DPA.

A pair of amateur archaeologists found a treasure trove on a Baltic island that is believed to have belonged to a Danish king from more than 1,000 years ago.

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.

Treasure linked to the reign of 10th Century Danish King Harald Bluetooth has been dug up in northern Germany.

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.

Bluetooth is credited with unifying Denmark.

Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins were probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, who introduced Christianity to Denmark.

In fact, the famous Bluetooth wireless technology which we use today to transfer files and connect our devices also gets its name from the king. He explained how the find was made.

"Things were so unstable that very wealthy men or women from his court felt obliged to bury their coins and jewellery".

However they were sworn to secrecy until the experts could move in and unearth the entire treasure.

Whatever the market value of the treasure turns out to be, the fine has provided an invaluable source of information for researchers who had very little written material covering this troubled period, McGuire added.

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