Amateur archaeologist finds 'Bluetooth' treasure on German Baltic Sea island

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Back in January, Luca Malaschnitschenko, a 13-year-old schoolboy, amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist, was exploring a field together with a companion, when he found a piece of metal.

A pair of amateur archaeologists - one of them a 13-year-old boy - unearthed an 1,000-year-old stash of coins dating back to the 10th century reign of Harald Gormsson on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, the AP reports. A much more expansive dig undertaken in recent days revealed necklaces, pearls, brooches and up to 600 chipped coins that may have belonged to Harald Gormsson, better known as 'Harry Bluetooth'.

Experts kept the find secret until a team dug up 400sq metres of land at the weekend.

Bluetooth was a Viking-born king who renounced the Norse religion and is credited with unifying Denmark and introducing Christianity to the region.

In the 980s he fled to Pomerania, now in north Germany, after losing a big sea battle against forces loyal to his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

Bluetooth was said to be a good networker and communicator, which is why he shot to posthumous fame by serving as a project name for the wireless technology, which eventually stuck.

Bluetooth reigned over what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and Norway from AD958 to 986. "It was the find of my life", Schön told Deutsche Welle. The head of archaeology for Mecklenburg-Vorprommen, the northern German state where the treasure was found, is Detlef Jantzen.

Other treasures linked to the king have been found in the area, notably the spectacular Hiddensee treasure, containing both Christian crosses and Thor's hammer symbols wrought in gold.

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