Archaeologists have made a valuable find on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen. On a field of 400 square meters, they came upon a silver treasure from the late 10th century with coins that are assigned to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth (about 910 – 987). The discovery was reported by several German media on Monday.
The archaeologists excavated numerous necklaces, bracelets, rings, coins and a hammer on the island of Rügen near the village of Schaprode.
Of the 600 or so coins found, according to experts, around 100 are believed to have originated during the reign of
Harald Bluetooth. “This treasure is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea area and thus of outstanding importance,” said excavation leader Michael Schirren of the German State Office for Culture and Historic Preservation.
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 GPS devices run over the fields in the northeast stripe. “The image is of the romantic view of the treasure hunter who wants to get rich, but has nothing to do with it,” said Schirren. “It’s all hard work.”
“We have here a rare case, when a discovery seems to be related to historical sources,” says the chief archaeologist of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Detlef Jantzen.
Harald Bluetooth, which introduced Christianity to Denmark in the tenth century, is an important historical figure in Northern Europe. It is in his honor that the Bluetooth wireless communication technology has been named. The symbol of Bluetooth is also a mixture of two letters of runic alphabets representing the initials of King Harald.