Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

A pair of amateur archaeologists - one of them a 13-year-old boy - unearthed an 1,000-year-old stash of coins dating back to the 10th century reign of Harald Gormsson on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, the AP reports.

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

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.

Continued excavations archeologists-professionals. On the island of rügen they managed to find over 600 coins, amulets in the shape of Thor's hammer, brooches, necklaces, pearls and rings.

A coin unearthed at the dig. The oldest coin, a Damascus dirham, dates to 714 CE, and the newest is a penny from 983 CE. Pictured, ancient coins from the era of the Byzantine Empire (Seventh century), which were found last summer during excavations near the Arab Israeli village of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem, during a press tour of the national treasures storerooms of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Beit Shemesh on March 19, 2017.

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Harald Gormsson, who was known as Bluetooth because he had one strongly discolored tooth, reigned over what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway from 958 to 986.

"We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources", archaeologist Detlef Jantzen told The Guardian.

Bluetooth was a Viking-born king who renounced the Norse religion and is credited with unifying Denmark and introducing Christianity to the region.

Bluetooth's lasting legacy is found today in smartphones and laptops - the wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two Runes spelling out his initials R. B.

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