Monday, September 26, 2016

Biggest Viking Age Gold, Silver Collection Found

Biggest Viking Age Gold, Silver Collection Found

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Three amateur archaeologists have a discovered treasure trove in a field in Vejen Municipality on the island of Jutland in Denmark. The Team Rainbow Power unearthed six gold bracelets and one silver bracelet dating back 900 A.D., the largest Viking age gold treasure trove unearthed in the country.

The findings weigh a total of 900 grams. The spot where it was found was the same spot where the 67-gram Viking-era gold chain was found in 1911. This suggests that these relics were most likely part of the same collection.

Peter Pentz, a Viking expert and curator at the National Museum in Denmark, suggests that the bracelets were used by the Viking elite. These could have been “oath rings” given by Viking tribal chiefs as rewards to their loyal followers.

“We really felt that we had found the gold at the end of the rainbow when we found the first bangle, but as there appeared more, it was almost unreal,” says amateur archaeologist Marie Aagaard Larsen, as reported by the Inquistr.

The three archaeologists were Larsen and her husband Christian Nedergaard Dreioee and their friend Poul Noergaard Pedersen.  Interestingly, the Team Rainbow Power found this treasure within only 10 minutes of searching using metal detectors.

The team called Lars Grundvad from the Sønderskov Museum to confirm their Viking age gold and silver. Grundvad believed that more treasure can be found in the same site where the earlier discovery was made but he did not expect it to be made by a bunch of amateur archaeologists.

“At the museum, we had talked about how interesting it could be to check out the area with metal detectors because there was a 67-gram gold chain found there back in 1911,” adds Grundvad. “But I would never in my wildest dreams have believed that amateur archaeologists could find seven Viking bracelets. It is very special to find seven.”