Boy unearths lost treasure of 10th century Danish king


In January, teenager Luca Malaschnitschenko and René Schoen found a silver coin in a field near the village of Schaprode.

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.

After more digging, with help from professional archaeologists, the team uncovered remarkable artifacts, including braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer (a representation of a mythical weapon forged by dwarves), rings and up to 600 chipped coins, including more than 100 that date to Bluetooth's era.

Harald Bluetooth. "This treasure is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea area and thus of outstanding importance", said excavation leader Michael Schirren of the German State Office for Culture and Historic Preservation.

The oldest coin in the trove is a Damascus dirham dating to 714 while the most recent is a Frankish Otto-Adelheid penny minted in 983.

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Among the discoveries were several silver coins bearing images of a Christian cross, believed by historians to be among Denmark's first independent coins. He ruled between 958 and 986 and came to be known as Bluetooth because of his dead, blue-ish looking tooth.

Many think the treasure may have been buried sometime around the late 980s when Bluetooth had to flee to Pomerania - a region including parts of modern northeast Germany and western Poland - due to his son Sven Gabelbart, who rebelled against him and took over the throne. This feat inspired Intel's Jim Kardach to name the tech service in honor of Bluetooth in 1997, given that "the new technology that would unify communications protocols like King Harald had united Scandinavia", according to Tom's Hardware, a Live Science sister site.

They had been using metal detectors to hunt for treasure.

A coin unearthed at the dig. "We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources", archaeologist Detlef Jantzen told the Guardian. It is also dated to the reign of Harald Bluetooth.