1000-Year-Old King Bluetooth's Treasure Discovered By 13-Year-Old Boy

Danish King Harald Bluetooth being baptized by Poppo the monk in a relief dated to circa 1200 Anagoria – Own work under Creative Commons

The duo made the unexpected discovery while hunting for riches with metal detectors on Rügen, Germany's largest island, in the Baltic Sea.

"This was the (biggest) discovery of my life", hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.

However they were sworn to secrecy until the experts could move in and unearth the entire treasure.

The state archaeology office became involved and the amateur archeologists were asked to keep the find a secret until professionals could plan the major dig. They were then invited to participate in the recovery.

Amateur archaeologist Rene Schön and 13-year-old treasurer hunter Luca Malaschnitschenko first unearthed the hoard in January, and recently joined a regional archaeology group to excavate about 4,300 square feet (400 square meters) to see what other treasures lay buried in the soil.

On the East German island of rügen in the Baltic sea were found hundreds of silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets. Back in 2015, a man discovered Roman-era coins, mosaic glassware, and hobnails from a pair of shoes and last year, four 2,000 year gold torques were unearthed in England. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

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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.

Picture: Part of the treasure trove found in northern Germany.

Harald Bluetooth, which introduced Christianity to Denmark in the tenth century, is an important historical figure in Northern Europe.

His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, although the term is of course best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson.

The company named the technology after him.

"We have here a rare case, when a discovery seems to be related to historical sources", says the chief archaeologist of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Detlef Jantzen.

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