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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

A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have helped to uncover a unique stash of lost treasure thought to be associated with the legendary Danish King "Harry Bluetooth", who brought Christianity to Denmark in the 10th century.

The silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as "Harald Bluetooth".

The trove included necklaces, rings, a Thor's hammer and more than 100 items dating from Bluetooth's time.

According to experts, engaged in excavation, was found the largest treasure trove of all that was ever found in the southern part of the Baltic sea.




On the German island of rĂ¼gen the Amateur archaeologist in the company of his 13-year-old assistant to the investigated area, when one of them noticed something shiny in the ground that was initially mistaken for debris from the foil. That was three months ago, and now archaeologists have excavated an area covering 400 square metres (4,300 square feet), unearthing much more treasure. This feat inspired Intel's Jim Kardach to name the tech service in honor of Bluetooth in 1997, given that "the new technology that would unify communications protocols like King Harald had united Scandinavia", according to Tom's Hardware, a Live Science sister site. 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.

Towards the end of his life, Bluetooth's son Sweyn Forkbeard rebelled against his father and took the throne, while Bluetooth fled to Pomerania - northeast Germany on the Baltic sea - where he died a year or so later. The oldest coin, a Damascus dirham, dates to 714 CE, and the newest is a penny from 983 CE. When in 965, Denmark officially converted to Christianity.

In fact, the famous Bluetooth wireless technology which we use today to transfer files and connect our devices also gets its name from the king.

The logo is made up of the two ancient runes spelling out his initials HB.