Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

13-year-old discovers 1000-year-old 'Bluetooth' coins

13-year-old discovers 1000-year-old 'Bluetooth' coins

When a 13-year-old boy found a small piece of silver in a field in Germany, he took the first step in what would become a historic recovery in the southern Baltic region.

The hoard of jewellery and money, discovered on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea, is believed to have belonged to Danish king Harald Gormsson, best known as Harald Bluetooth.

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

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

The Schaprode discoverers - 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko and amateur archaeologist René Schön - are in a group of enthusiasts looking after historical sites in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state in north-eastern Germany.


Continued excavations archeologists-professionals. On the island of rügen they managed to find over 600 coins, amulets in the shape of Thor's hammer, brooches, necklaces, pearls and rings.

Archaeologists from the State Office then got involved and planned a dig to uncover the complete treasure. This is because of his impeccable communication skills which helped him unite modern-day Norway, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

The discoverers of the treasure belong to about 150 active volunteer in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, who in their spare time with metal detectors and Global Positioning System devices run over the fields in the northeast stripe. He was known as Bluetooth probably because of a prominent discoloured tooth.

The site of the treasure trove, Schaprode, is a few kilometres from Hiddensee, where a 16-piece gold hoard dating from Bluetooth's reign was found in the 19th Century.

The technology, developed to wirelessly link computers with cellular devices, was named after Bluetooth because of his knack for unification. The symbol of Bluetooth is also a mixture of two letters of runic alphabets representing the initials of King Harald.

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