Boy finds treasure linked to Viking king 'Harald Bluetooth' on Baltic island

Amateur archaeologist Rene Schoen and 13-year-old student Luca Malaschnichenko looking for treasure with a metal detector in Schaprode northern Germany

Boy finds treasure linked to Viking king 'Harald Bluetooth' on Baltic island

Back in January, Luca Malaschnitschenko, a 13-year-old schoolboy, amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist, was exploring a field together with a companion, when he found a piece of metal.

A 13-year-old boy and another amateur archaeologist have uncovered a "significant" trove of 1000-year-old coins, rings and bracelets linked to a Viking king.

Their dig, which wrapped up over the weekend, ultimately unearthed hundreds of ancient coins, at least 100 of which they attribute to Bluetooth's reign.

On the territory of modern Germany was able to find the treasure supposedly belonging to king Harald I Bluetooth.

"This is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of outstanding importance", excavation director Michael Schirren told DPA.

Because they stayed silent concerning their original sighting, the full treasure trove was retrieved. According to the Guardian, the oldest of the coins comes from the year 714, while the most recent one dates back to the year 983.

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Schön's find was not entirely down to luck, perhaps, as in the 1870s, pieces of gold jewelry believed to be linked to Bluetooth were found on the island of Hiddensee, which is next to Rügen.

Towards the end of his life, Bluetooth's son Sweyn Forkbeard rebelled against his father and took the throne, while Bluetooth fled to Pomerania - northeast Germany on the Baltic sea - where he died a year or so later.

Gormsson was one of the last Viking kings of Denmark and became popular for bringing Christianity to the country.

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

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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