In April 2018 a single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko in Schaprode, Germany. The two were using metal detectors on the field when 13 year old Luca found a little piece that he initially thought was only aluminium garbage. After cleaning it, they realized it was something much more special.

They contacted the state archaeology office who then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts The office said the two amateur archaeologists were asked to keep quiet about their discovery to give professionals time to plan the dig and were then invited to participate in the recovery.

Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins were probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as "Harald Bluetooth," who lived in the 10th century and introduced Christianity to Denmark. He was one of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, but it's now best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson.The company named the technology, developed to wirelessly unite computers with cellular devices, after him for his ability to unite ancient Scandinavia.



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