Teenager unearths treasures linked to Harald Bluetooth

King Harald Bluetooth

King Harald Bluetooth

It's the stuff of metal detectorist dreams: a 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a "significant" trove of Viking treasure from 1,000 years ago.

Harald Bluetooth. "This treasure is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea area and thus of outstanding importance", said excavation leader Michael Schirren of the German State Office for Culture and Historic Preservation. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

They have found almost 600 silver coins, more than 100 of which come from King Bluetooth's era.

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

Among the discoveries were several silver coins bearing images of a Christian cross, believed by historians to be among Denmark's first independent coins.

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. He's also credited with uniting swathes of modern-day Norway, Germany, Sweden and Denmark under his rule.

The company named the technology after him. The logo of the tech has also been developed from the initials of his name, H and B.

Picture: Part of the treasure trove found in northern Germany. He died a year later in A.D. 987.

"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. Pictured, ancient coins from the era of the Byzantine Empire (Seventh century), which were found last summer during excavations near the Arab Israeli village of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem, during a press tour of the national treasures storerooms of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Beit Shemesh on March 19, 2017.

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