Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Teenage boy finds treasure linked to Viking king

Teenage boy finds treasure linked to Viking king

Because they stayed silent concerning their original sighting, the full treasure trove was retrieved.

A 13-year-old boy and his teacher uncovered a rare treasure that dates back to the time of the Danish King Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, who lived more than a thousand years ago.

Harald Bluetooth. "This treasure is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea area and thus of outstanding importance", said excavation leader Michael Schirren of the German State Office for Culture and Historic Preservation.

However, they were then invited to participate in the dig.

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

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

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A coin unearthed at the dig.

Now, three months since the initial find, they have unearthed more than 4,000 square feet of land, discovering many more artifacts.

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. After losing power, Bluetooth fled to Pomerania, a region that includes parts of modern northeast Germany and western Poland, according to USA Today. These dates indicate that the treasure was likely buried in the late 980s, when Bluetooth lost a battle against his rebellious son, Sweyn Forkbeard.

Gormsson was one of the last Viking kings of Denmark and became popular for bringing Christianity to the country.

His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, although the term is of course best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson.

The technology, developed to wirelessly link computers with cellular devices, was named after Bluetooth because of his knack for unification.

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