‘Trove’ of Dan­ish king un­earthed in Ger­many

Boy finds Blue­tooth trea­sures

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BER­LIN, Ger­many, April 16, (AFP): A 13-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 Malaschnitschenko 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 (4,300 square feet) 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.

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. she vis­ited fam­ily mem­bers in In­dia, and found the streams and grass where she had played as a child had shriv­eled as a re­sult of drought.

“Some­place that I knew re­ally well turned into some­thing un­recog­nis­able,” said Shiney-Ajay, now 20 and a stu­dent at Swarth­more Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia.

So she turned to the Sun­rise Move­ment, a US-based youth net­work that aims to “build an army of young peo­ple to stop cli­mate change and cre­ate mil­lions of good jobs in the process”.

“When I think of cli­mate change, I am driven by fear and anger,” she told the Thom­son Reuters Foun­da­tion in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

But her ac­tivism — in­clud­ing oc­cu­py­ing the of­fice of Repub­li­can


House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Patrick Mee­han of Penn­syl­va­nia last De­cem­ber with other Sun­rise Move­ment mem­bers — has given her a feel­ing she can make a dif­fer­ence.

The sit-in, she said, was an at­tempt to stop Mee­han from vot­ing on a tax bill that would pro­vide tax cuts to fos­sil fuel bil­lion­aires, among oth­ers. Mee­han voted for the bill any­way, which passed last De­cem­ber — but Shiney-Ajay now knows how to take a stand.

Her gen­er­a­tion is ready to act on cli­mate change, which is a “pre­ventable cri­sis”, she said. That’s par­tic­u­larly true be­cause younger peo­ple — who will live to see the more se­vere im­pacts of cli­mate change — have more at stake. (RTRS(

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