Teenage boy finds treasure linked to Viking king

Teenage boy finds treasure linked to Viking king

Teenage boy finds treasure linked to Viking king

They have found almost 600 silver coins, more than 100 of which come from King Bluetooth's era.

The hoard of jewellery and money, discovered on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, is believed to have belonged to Danish king Harald Gormsson, best known as Harald Bluetooth.

That said, it is worth noting this is not the first discovery from amateur treasure hunters, Live Science reported.

"This was the (biggest) discovery of my life", hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa. When a silvery glint caught their eye, they thought it was a piece of tin foil, but a closer look revealed that it was a piece of silver, The Guardian reported.

Archaeologists dug up braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and nearly 600 coins on the German island of Ruegen.

Amateur archeologists Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko help experts dig at the Schaprode site in April.

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Around one hundred coins out of the treasure trove belonged into the Danish King Harald Bluetooth, whose identify is utilized in advanced bluetooth mobile technologies. These dates indicate that the treasure was likely buried in the late 980s, when Bluetooth lost a battle against his rebellious son, Sweyn Forkbeard.

Harald Bluetooth, which introduced Christianity to Denmark in the tenth century, is an important historical figure in Northern Europe. He ruled between 958 and 986 and came to be known as Bluetooth because of his dead, blue-ish looking tooth.

He was one of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

"We have here a rare case, when a discovery seems to be related to historical sources", says the chief archaeologist of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Detlef Jantzen.

The company named the technology, developed to wirelessly unite computers with cellular devices, after the king for his ability to unite ancient Scandinavia.

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