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Amateur Archaeologist And 13-Year-Old Student Discover Trove Tied To Danish King

Amateur Archaeologist And 13-Year-Old Student Discover Trove Tied To Danish King
April 17, 2018 Elijah James Logan

An amateur archaeologist and a 13-year-old student have uncovered a stash of thousand-year-0ld coins, rings and pearls on an island in the Baltic Sea in northern Germany, including items that might be tied to Harald Bluetooth, the famous king who united Denmark. René Schön and student Luca Malaschnitschenko were searching northern Rügen island with metal detectors when they found something they thought was aluminum — but turned out to be silver, Agence France-Presse reports . The archaeology office of Mecklenberg-West Pomania, the German state where the items were found, did not provide the names of the discoverers, but credited a “volunteer” and a “13-year-old student” for the initial find. The two alerted professional archaeologists, and then helped recover of the rest of the trove — more than 600 silver objects dating from the late 10th century, the office says. They include coins, necklaces, brooches, rings, and a “Thor’s hammer” (an amulet in the shape of Mjölnir). About 100 of

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