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Legendary Danish king Bluetooth's trove unearthed in Germany

  • Published at 05:05 pm April 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:08 pm April 16th, 2018
Legendary Danish king Bluetooth's trove unearthed in Germany
A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a significant treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on northern Ruegen island when they chanced upon what they initially thought was a worthless piece of aluminium. But upon closer inspection, they realised that it was a shimmering piece of silver, German media reported. A dig covering 400 square metres that finally started over the weekend by the regional archaeology service has since uncovered a trove believed linked to the Danish king who reigned from around AD 958 to AD 986. Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth's era. [caption id="attachment_259356" align="alignright" width="252"] Danish King Harald Bluetooth being baptized by Poppo the monk, in a relief dated to circa 1200 Anagoria - Own work under Creative Commons[/caption] "This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic sea region and is therefore of great significance," lead archaeologist Michael Schirren told national news agency DPA. The oldest coin found in the trove is a Damascus dirham dating to AD 714 while the most recent is a penny dating to AD 983. The find suggests that the treasure may have been buried in the late 980s -- also the period when Bluetooth was known to have fled to Pomerania where he died in 987. "We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources," said archaeologist Detlef Jantzen. Bluetooth is credited with unifying Denmark. The Viking-born king also turned his back on old Norse religion and introduced Christianity to the Nordic country. But he was forced to flee to Pomerania after a rebellion led by his son Sven Gabelbart. Bluetooth's lasting legacy is found today in smartphones and laptops -- the wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two Runes spelling out his initials R. B.