Avatar of admin

by

13-Year-Old Uncovers Silver Treasure of Viking King Bluetooth

April 16, 2018 in History

By Erin Blakemore

Parts of the silver treasures found in northern Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. (Credit: Stefan Sauer/AFP/Getty Images)

Give a kid a metal detector and there’s no telling what he’ll find—or what unlikely connections he may uncover. The AFP reports that a 13-year-old boy in Germany has discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of coins and jewelry. And it turns out the very old stash is linked to a very modern form of technology: Bluetooth.

Luca Malaschnitschenko was using a metal detector in a field on Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea, when he found a piece of what seemed to be trash. It was actually treasure—a silver coin.

The find was just the tip of the treasure iceberg. Malaschnitschenko and the amateur archaeologist he’d been scouring the island with alerted Germany’s state archaeological office, who planned a dig. In mid-April of 2018, the dig went forward with the 13-year-old’s assistance, and it was worth the experts’ months of careful planning. Archaeologists uncovered around 600 coins at the site along with a Thor’s hammer and some jewelry, including brooches, pearls, and necklaces.

Parts of the silver treasures found in northern Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. (Credit: Stefan Sauer/AFP/Getty Images)

Using the dates on the coins, experts uncovered what they think could be a link to Harald Blåtand Gormsson, a Viking who reigned over Denmark in the 10th century. Harald is credited with uniting Denmark and converting the Danes to Christianity, or at least promoting the religion throughout the region.

Harald was driven out of Denmark near the end of his life, and fled south to Pomerania, which included the island of Rügen where the silver treasure was found. Archaeologists tell the AFP that the find appears to corroborate historical sources that describe Harald’s escape.


King Harald Bluetooth. (Credit: BirgerNiss/Getty Images)

Finding a thousand-year-old hoard when you’re just 13 seems improbable. But its connection with a very modern technology may be even more so. It’s true, though: Blåtand, or “Bluetooth,” was Harald’s nickname, derived from a dead tooth that had a bluish tint.

In 1996, mobile engineer Jim Kardach was working with Intel and a consortium of other tech companies on creating a way to replace the cables that connect phones, computers and other devices. He was also reading …read more

Source: HISTORY

Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.