Schoolboy with metal detector unearths ancient Viking hoard of Harald Bluetooth's treasure

Schoolboy with metal detector unearths ancient Viking hoard of Harald Bluetooth's treasure

Archaeologists are now digging at the site - and have found a hoard of treasure linked to the Danish king known as "Harald Bluetooth", from whom the wireless technology gets its name.

The discovery occurred in January when archaeology buffs Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko started scanning a field with a metal detector.

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.

However, when they took it to the State Office, the find was revealed to be much more - a silver coin, later identified as hailing from the Viking Age trading settlement of Hedeby.

Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins were probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, who introduced Christianity to Denmark.

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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The technology, developed to wirelessly link computers with cellular devices, was named after Bluetooth because of his knack for unification.

One of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway, Harald ruled from around AD958 to 986.

In fact, the Bluetooth logo is also derived from the "H" and "B" of his initials. He died a year later.

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

The discoverers of the treasure belong to about 150 active volunteer in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, who in their spare time with metal detectors and Global Positioning System devices run over the fields in the northeast stripe. It is also dated to the reign of Harald Bluetooth.

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.

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