Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Boy unearths Danish king's trove in Germany

Boy unearths Danish king's trove in Germany

They are associated with the era of the Danish king Harald Gormsen, reports The Associated Press.

The hoard of jewellery and money, discovered on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, is believed to have belonged to Danish king Harald Gormsson, best known as Harald Bluetooth.

As per Some statement released from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Business Office for Tradition and Historic Preservation, the teenaged boy and a volunteer preservationist found the Very First silver item in the municipality of both Schaprode at January.

Luca saw a tiny piece of metal on the field and thought it was nothing more than aluminum garbage. Luca and his teacher were asked to keep the discovery confidential until the entire excavation is complete.

However, when they took it to the State Office, the find was revealed to be much more - a silver coin, later identified as hailing from the Viking Age trading settlement of Hedeby.

"This is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of outstanding importance", excavation director Michael Schirren told DPA. The oldest coin, a Damascus dirham, dates to 714 CE, and the newest is a penny from 983 CE. The Viking-born king also turned his back on old Norse religion and introduced Christianity to the Nordic country. He ruled between 958 and 986 and came to be known as Bluetooth because of his dead, blue-ish looking tooth.

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.

But experts kept the find secret until last week. He died a year later.

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

A coin unearthed at the dig.

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