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Detectorists find Danish king Harald Bluetooth’s treasure on Baltic island

Press Association logo Press Association 16/04/2018 By Kirsten Grieshaber
Medieval jewellery and coins found near Schaprode on the northern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea (dpa/AP) © Provided by The Press Association Medieval jewellery and coins found near Schaprode on the northern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea (dpa/AP) Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish king Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern 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.

Archaeologist Annette Landes-Nagar, of Israel's Antiquities Authority, displays ancient coins from the era of the Byzantine Empire © Getty Archaeologist Annette Landes-Nagar, of Israel's Antiquities Authority, displays ancient coins from the era of the Byzantine Empire The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said.

“It’s the biggest trove of such coins in the south-eastern Baltic region,” a statement said.

An archaeologist holds Denmark's first independent type of coin after its excavation in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018. © Getty An archaeologist holds Denmark's first independent type of coin after its excavation in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018. The office said the two amateur archaeologists were asked to keep quiet about their discovery to give professionals time to plan the dig. They were then invited to participate in the recovery.

“This was the (biggest) discovery of my life,” hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.

Mr Schoen said he and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on the field near Schaprode when Luca found a little piece that he initially thought was only aluminium waste. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

Parts of the silver treasure are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018. © Getty Parts of the silver treasure are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018. Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as Harald Bluetooth, who lived in the 10th century and introduced Christianity to Denmark.

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

His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, although the term is of course best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson.

Saxon, Ottonian, Danish and Byzantine coins are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018 © Getty Saxon, Ottonian, Danish and Byzantine coins are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018 The company named the technology, developed to wirelessly unite computers with cellular devices, after the king for his ability to unite ancient Scandinavia.

The technology logo carries the runic letters for his initials, HB.

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