Two amateur archaeologists’ find led to the discovery of hundreds of Viking artifacts in the Baltics, according to officials Monday.
Amateur archaeologists Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko,13, discovered an ancient coin through use of a metal detector in January. This find led to an archaeologist excavation of hundreds of Viking era silver coins and jewelry over the weekend, according to the New York Post. The artifacts are approximately 1,000 years old from the era of Danish Viking King Harald Gormosson (910 A.D. – 987 A.D.). The artifacts were also found on German island Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.
“It’s the biggest trove of such coins in the southeastern Baltic region,” according to a statement from state archaeology office Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, The Local Germany added.
“This was the (biggest) discovery of my life,” Schoen added to the German newspaper DPA. Both Schoen and Malaschnitschenko kept mum about their discovery prior to the confirmation of professional archaeologists.
Gormosson is also known as “Harald Bluetooth,” due to having a blue-looking tooth in his mouth. He also introduced Christianity to the region in the 10th century. He was also one of the last Viking kings in what is now current day Denmark.