A team of amateur archeologists have discovered gold and silver bracelets from the Viking age.
Finding buried treasure overflowing with gold jewelry and ornaments is a dream as old as stories themselves. But a group of amateur archeologists have literally turned it into reality. In fact, they have uncovered the largest ever trove of Viking Age gold in Denmark.
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The trove consists of seven bracelets – six gold and one silver - dating back to around the year 900 and have a combined weight of around 900 grams. The team of archaeologists contacted the Sønderskov Museum as soon as they found ‘treasure’ in a field in Vejen Municipality in Jutland. This is the same area where a 67 gram gold chain was also discovered in 1911.
“At Sønderskov Museum we are extremely excited about six gold bracelets that were recently handed in to the museum. They were discovered by Poul, Kristen and Marie that make up the metal detector group Team Rainbow. More than 900 grams of gold and about 90 grams of silver were found making this, without a doubt, the largest Viking Age gold hoard ever found in Denmark.” Museum authority wrote in the Facebook.
One of the newly found bracelets is decorated with Jelling style, a Viking art that is closely related to the upper class of Viking society.
The era known as Viking age lasted for more than 300 years from 8th century to 11th century. Vikings were predominantly known as ruthless, fearsome pirates who used to explore unknown seas and settle their communities in new lands.
Peter Pentz, a Viking expert says that these bracelets could have been buried in some sort of ritual at some point in 900 or to protect them from getting lost or stolen but never been removed from the place for some reason.
“Just finding one of these bracelets would have been major so it is very special to find seven.” Pentz told The Local Denmark.
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Sønderskov Museum is planning to display the finds before being handed them over to National Museum of Denmark for further study.