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Viking-era 'piggy bank' yields silver treasure
The Local [Sweden] ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Landes

Posted on 04/12/2012 6:07:47 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands

A bronze, Viking-era "piggy-bank" containing thousands silver coins dating from the 11th century has been unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland in what Swedish archaeologists have described as a "fantastic" treasure find.

The silver treasure was found last Thursday during an archaeological examination of a field in Rone, on southern Gotland.

"We had an expert out there with a metal detector who got a signal that he's found something pretty big," Per Widerström, an archaeologist with the Gotland Museum, told The Local.

The same field has yielded previous treasure finds, including a well-known discovery from the 1880s, when a collection of nearly 6,000 coins dating from the 11th century were uncovered.

(Excerpt) Read more at thelocal.se ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 04/12/2012 6:07:53 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; SunkenCiv
very cool find


2 posted on 04/12/2012 6:16:27 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
I knew should have buried that thing deeper on the property..........

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--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


3 posted on 04/12/2012 6:40:58 PM PDT by Viking2002 ( "Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a gaddamn hurry.")
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; SunkenCiv

Ping


4 posted on 04/12/2012 7:27:43 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: SunkenCiv

Oops. Didn’t see above.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 7:29:28 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
If peep stone J. Smith were still alive, he would have found it before now.
6 posted on 04/12/2012 8:35:51 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: Pollster1; Silentgypsy; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Pollster1 and Silentgypsy. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


7 posted on 04/12/2012 9:39:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Nice find.

I have to wonder what happened. Someone amassed this wealth, the location probably wasn't passed on to anyone who could make use of it.

So when Sven Forkbeard passed away the silver hoard essentially vanished?

You can't take it with you, spend it while you still can!

8 posted on 04/13/2012 3:51:41 AM PDT by csvset
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