Boy finds leg­endary Dan­ish king’s trove in Ger­many

Harold Blue­tooth’s last­ing legacy is found today in smart­phones and lap­tops

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A13-year-old boy and an am­a­teur ar­chae­ol­o­gist have un­earthed a “sig­nif­i­cant” trea­sure trove in Ger­many which may have be­longed to the leg­endary Dan­ish king Har­ald Blue­tooth who brought Chris­tian­ity to Den­mark.

Rene Schoen and his stu­dent Luca Mal as chn its chenko were look­ing for trea­sure us­ing metal de­tec­tors in Jan­uary on north­ern Rue­gen is­land when they chanced upon what they ini­tially thought was a worth­less piece of alu­minium.

But upon closer in­spec­tion, they re­alised that it was a shim­mer­ing piece of sil­ver, Ger­man me­dia re­ported.

A dig cov­er­ing 400 square me­tres that fi­nally started over the week­end by the re­gional ar­chae­ol­ogy ser­vice has since un­cov­ered a trove be­lieved linked to the Dan­ish king who reigned from around 958 to 986.

Da­m­as­cus dirham

Braided neck­laces, pearls, brooches, a Thor’s ham­mer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, in­clud­ing more than 100 that date back to Blue­tooth’s era.

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

The old­est coin found in the trove is a Da­m­as­cus dirham dat­ing to 714 while the most re­cent is a penny dat­ing to 983.

The find sug­gests that the trea­sure may have been buried in the late 980s — also the pe­riod when Blue­tooth was known to have fled to Pomera­nia where he died in 987.

Cred­ited with uni­fy­ing Den­mark, Blue­tooth’s last­ing legacy is found today in smart­phones and lap­tops — Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy is named af­ter him, and the sym­bol is com­posed of the two Runes spell­ing out his ini­tials R. B.


Hobby ar­chae­ol­o­gist Rene Schoen and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko (right) who chanced upon me­dieval sil­ver trea­sure on the north­ern Ger­man is­land of Rue­gen.

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