A 13-year old boy and an amateur archaeologist unearthed treasure of Harald Bluetooth in Germany
GERMANY: A 13-year old boy, along with an amateur archaeologist discovered the treasures of the Danish King who brought Christianity to Denmark. The Danish King Harald Bluetooth belonged to the 10th century. Wireless technology ‘Bluetooth’ was named after him.
Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure in northern Ruegen island. They were using metal detectors for this job. Suddenly they found a piece of metal. They thought that it was a worthless piece of aluminium initially. On closer inspection, they found that it was a piece of silver, German media reported.
The regional archaeology service of Germany started digging an area of 400 square meters (4300 sq ft) in January, over the weekend. During digging, they found a trove. According to media, this trove belonged to the Danish King, who reigned from around 958 to 986.
The trove included braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor’s hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins. The oldest coin found in the trove is Damascus Dirham dating to 714. The most recent treasure is a penny dating to 983.
“This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic sea region and is therefore of great significance,” lead archaeologist Michael Schirren told news agency DPA.
The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in late 980s – the period when Bluetooth died in Pomerania.
His lasting legacy is found in smartphones and laptops, today . 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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