Viking treasures uncovered
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.