Vik­ing trea­sures un­cov­ered

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

HUN­DREDS of 1,000-year-old sil­ver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Vik­ing king Har­ald Gorms­son have been found on the Ger­man is­land of Rue­gen in the Baltic Sea.

A sin­gle sil­ver coin was first found in Jan­uary by two am­a­teur ar­chae­ol­o­gists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the vil­lage of Schaprode.

The state ar­chae­ol­ogy of­fice then be­came in­volved and the en­tire trea­sure was un­cov­ered by ex­perts over the week­end.

“It’s the big­gest trove of such coins in the south-east­ern Baltic re­gion,” a state­ment said.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists said about 100 of the sil­ver coins were prob­a­bly from the reign of Har­ald Gorms­son, bet­ter known as Har­ald Blue­tooth, who lived in the 10th cen­tury and in­tro­duced Chris­tian­ity to Den­mark.

His nick­name came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish.

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