Skip to comments.Amateur archaeologists unearth Viking gold
Posted on 05/05/2014 1:53:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Unique samples were among the 250 ancient coins found in Bornholm
After hours of searching through the mud with metal detectors, amateur archaeologists Frank Pelle and Bent Gregersen made the discovery of their lives on a ploughed field in Bornholm earlier in April.
The two lucky gold-diggers found an ancient Viking gold treasure hidden in the ground.
"It was an amazing feeling, for we had searched for hundreds of hours without luck," Pelle told Ekstra Bladet.
After studying x-rays of collected earth samples, Bornholms Museum, the local archaeological museum, estimated that the treasure of 250 gold and silver coins was buried in the ground in the 1080s.
Some of the coins were brought to Denmark from Egypt and Tunisia and are extremely unique.
"That includes two Arabic gold dinars minted in 1040 in Egypt and in 1060 in Tunisia during the Fatimid dynasty respectively," said René Laursen from Bornholms Museum.
"Both are unique discoveries. We've never found Arabic gold dinar in a Viking treasure in Denmark."
The gold coins, which mostly remain in a clod of earth, are currently on display on Bornholm, but will soon be moved to the National Museum in Copenhagen to be totally extracted from the dirt and cleaned.
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Posted on 5/17/2013 7:30:09 PM by Doogle
Photos of two of the gold coins.
Thanks A. Morgan!
Ragnarrrrrrrr! You stole my gold!
Nothing in the article says about compensation for the booty.
Have a feeling the euro weenie govt will take the treasure.
Best thing is to spread out the sales of the gold over a long period and sell them on eBay. This is similar to the three Ss.
Shovel, Sell, Shutup.
The last words of king Horick
In England, I believe that the British Historical Trust (or similar) gets “first dibs” on finds, based on an independently (and that’s key) calculated market value. If they pass, you can sell it. At least that’s how it worked a few years ago...
The approach of Harald Hadrada From the Heimskringla.
If one of the museums or trusts wants it, they have to pay the finder the full market value, as determined by the ‘independent expert’. If the government organizations don’t want it, it probably isn’t worth much.
Somewhere I’ve got an old Penguin ppbk of Norse lit, including an anecdote about HH when he was a boy. The king asked HH and his two cousins what would they like to obtain during their lives. The first one said, if memory serves, enough fields to grow enough wheat to fill, some huge-assed building. The second kid said, enough cattle that they could eat up all of the first one’s wheat in one go. and Harald said, he wanted enough warriors to eat all of the cattle in one sitting.
But now, oddly, I’m thinking of Odd Nerdrum, a modern day painter from Viking country. First thing (only thing in person) I’ve seen of his was here in the GR Art Museum:
It’s getting so that you can’t hide——
I mean, I wasn’t there!
Thanks, those coins are beauties!
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