Last Updated 12 May 2018.
Imagine you are 13 years old and scout the German countryside with your metal detector. Suddenly, you find a coin. And then this coin turns out to be a small part of a large Viking hoard.
This amazing story happened to a school kid and an amateur archaeologist. They found a coin from the time of Harald Bluetooth on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. This coin turned out to be part of a Viking treasure of 600 silver objects from the late tenth century including hack silver, coins and jewellery (State Archaeology Office of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).
Since the press release about the discovery mid-April 2018, various online media are suggesting that the hoard might be linked to Harald Bluetooth’s flight to Pomerania after losing the fight against his son Sweyn Forkbeard. However, with the little evidence available about this event, it is better to await the first academic studies and what they will reveal about the contents of this treasure.
BYU posted an interview with Anders Winroth about the hoard entitled ‘Buried Treasure and King Bluetooth‘.