Archaeologists uncover Viking treasure on German island

Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets are among treasures unearthed from the time of a legendary Viking ruler.

Clues to the location of the haul were first discovered by two amateur archaeologists, a 13-year-old boy and his teacher.

The pair were looking for valuables using metal detectors when they chanced upon what they thought was a worthless piece of aluminium.

Upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, and alerted experts to the find.

Further investigation revealed a trove believed to date to the era of king Harald Gormsson, who reigned from around 958 to 986 AD.

Better known as 'Harald Bluetooth', his name lives on in the wireless technology standard named in his honour by its Swedish creators Ericsson.

King Harald is also credited with unifying Denmark and introducing Christianity to the Scandinavian nation.

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Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins (pictured), rings, pearls and bracelets are among treasures unearthed from the time of a legendary Viking ruler. Clues to the location of the haul were first discovered by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy 

Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins (pictured), rings, pearls and bracelets are among treasures unearthed from the time of a legendary Viking ruler. Clues to the location of the haul were first discovered by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy 

 Researchers said that around 100 silver coins from the collection (pictured) are probably from the reign of Bluetooth, who was the king of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

 Researchers said that around 100 silver coins from the collection (pictured) are probably from the reign of Bluetooth, who was the king of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

Experts uncovered the collection on the German Baltic island of Rügen, after a single coin was found in a field near the village of Schaprode by Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko in January.

The state's archaeology office then became involved, digging an exploratory trench covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet).

This revealed the  entire treasure, which was recovered by experts last weekend. 

Researchers said that around 100 silver coins of the roughly 600 are probably from the reign of Bluetooth. 

The pair were looking for valuables using metal detectors when they chanced upon what they thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. Upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, and alerted experts to the find (pictured) 

The pair were looking for valuables using metal detectors when they chanced upon what they thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. Upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, and alerted experts to the find (pictured) 

Further investigation revealed a trove believed to date to the era of king Harald Gormsson, who reigned from around 958 to 986 AD. Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found

Further investigation revealed a trove believed to date to the era of king Harald Gormsson, who reigned from around 958 to 986 AD. Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found

He ruled over what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway. 

Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found. 

'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 German news agency DPA.

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

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