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Rain Uncovers Viking Treasure Trove
The Local ^ | 9-14-2007

Posted on 09/15/2007 9:57:04 AM PDT by blam

Rain uncovers Viking treasure trove

Published: 14th September 2007 08:30 CET

A bout of torrential rain left a surprising legacy in the garden of one Swede: a Viking treasure trove.

Two coins were uncovered by the rain on the lawn of farmer Tage Pettersson, on the island of Gotland, in early August. He called in Gotland's archaeologists, who last week found a further 52 coins on the site.

Most of the coins are German, English and Arabic currency from the late 900s and early 1000s. But archaeologists are most excited about the presence of six very rare Swedish coins, from the reign of Olof Skötkonug, king of Sweden from 994-1022.

One of the Swedish coins has never been found in Sweden before, although an example has been found in Poland. One of the other coins is only the second of its kind to have been found.

Archaeologist Dan Carlsson told Svenska Dagbladet that the coins were "very well preserved, and come from a period about which we know little in terms of coin history."

The English coins are likely to have been paid to the Vikings as an incitement to let them live in peace, he said.

Gotland is one of the richest sources anywhere of buried Viking treasure. Discoveries of coins and other treasure are made on a regular basis.


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KEYWORDS: archaeology; coins; godsgravesglyphs; rain; sweden; thevikings; trove; viking; vikings
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1 posted on 09/15/2007 9:57:05 AM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 09/15/2007 9:58:14 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SunkenCiv
We can't post this article to FR so, I'll link it here:

Settlers' history rewritten: go back 30,000 years

3 posted on 09/15/2007 10:01:07 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Makes you wonder if the Swedish govt will seize the find or let the folks who found it keep it?


4 posted on 09/15/2007 10:02:54 AM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: blam
One of the Swedish coins has never been found in Sweden before

I find that very strange.

I would be interested to know why that is.

Were all of the coins of that period destroyed by later kings?

Were all of the coins of that period carried off by foreign conquerors?

5 posted on 09/15/2007 10:03:20 AM PDT by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: blam

WOW!

Wish this would happen to us!


6 posted on 09/15/2007 10:04:07 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: blam
What, no spam?


7 posted on 09/15/2007 10:05:42 AM PDT by Mongeaux (''I would sooner be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory," W.F. Buckley)
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To: blam
Discoveries of coin and other treasure are made on a regular basis.

So, tourists can plan their vacations to be there on a day that a discovery will be made? Sort of like knowing when Old Faithful will erupt.

8 posted on 09/15/2007 10:06:48 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Pontiac
I would be interested to know why that is.

As traders wo traveled for years at a time, the tendency would be for older coins to leave and newer coins to be used domestically.
If the coins were mainly gold and silver, all the more so as they were the universal coin of trade for centuries.

9 posted on 09/15/2007 10:15:45 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: blam

Rape and pillage ping!


10 posted on 09/15/2007 10:17:40 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: blam

“The English coins are likely to have been paid to the Vikings as an incitement to let them live in peace”

Never a good idea....


11 posted on 09/15/2007 10:18:52 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: blam
viking kittens
12 posted on 09/15/2007 10:22:37 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: nmh
"Wish this would happen to us!"

It'll happen, just give it a thousand years or so.

13 posted on 09/15/2007 10:23:43 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: blam
The English coins are likely to have been paid to the Vikings as an incitement to let them live in peace...

I've heard of Dane geld, but I'm not familiar with Swede geld!

14 posted on 09/15/2007 10:24:13 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW!)
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To: blam

AARRGHH! Did dey find me Super Bowl trophy among thee booty?


15 posted on 09/15/2007 10:25:06 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Coming soon: Stupidparty.com = Republican Party news, opinions, and blogs)
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To: blam
The English coins are likely to have been paid to the Vikings as an incitement to let them live in peace, he said.

Ahhh, yes, Danegeld, it didn't work then and it doesn't work now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danegeld

16 posted on 09/15/2007 10:26:34 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: blam
When I find treasure in my back yard, the last people I am going to call will be the government archaeologists.
17 posted on 09/15/2007 10:28:27 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Keith Brown

Yes it did didn’t it. Tell you what, if I find something on my property to hell with the government. I may pay taxes on my sale, but that’s as far as it goes.


18 posted on 09/15/2007 10:33:42 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: Keith Brown

Yes it did didn’t it. Tell you what, if I find something on my property to hell with the government. I may pay taxes on my sale, but that’s as far as it goes.

Actually, there would be no need to pay taxes. If you purchase the property, you own the good. To hell with the goverment.


19 posted on 09/15/2007 10:34:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: Snickering Hound
incitement to let them live in peace

It's hilarious sometimes how archaeologists are completely unable to keep from projecting their own leftist values onto ancient people. How much time did people scared for their next meal have for developing the values of leftist resentment? More likely rape and pillage was involved.

20 posted on 09/15/2007 10:38:01 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: blam

Dang, the only treasures I find in my back yard
are from the German Shepard next door


21 posted on 09/15/2007 10:40:40 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()... Cevapi & Slivovitz for everyone....()
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To: blam

Dane-geld
(A.D. 980-1016)
Rudyard Kipling


IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
To call upon a neighbour and to say:—
“We invaded you last night—we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”
And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say:—
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:—

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”


22 posted on 09/15/2007 10:43:23 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”

An old version of the Bush Doctrine!


23 posted on 09/15/2007 10:45:57 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: blam

Nice link. It would be interesting if they could find something that DNA could be extracted from to see if todays aboriginals are the same people or of it’s the DNA of people who moved on further into the Pacific.


24 posted on 09/15/2007 10:46:40 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: blam

Well since it was rain that uncovered the coins, perhaps they should be awarded to the “Weather Channel”.


25 posted on 09/15/2007 10:55:59 AM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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To: Ditter

I found treasure in my backyard when I tried to dig some postholes a few years ago. About 2.5 feet below the surface my entire property is nothing but old busted bricks and pottery. I mean every single posthole was the same thing. It was a real pain. Try digging through bricks. I asked around and found out that about 150 years ago or more the whole area was one huge brick factory. “Dobber Cris” is what the old timers called it. That means brick maker in some foreign language. Scandinavian I think.


26 posted on 09/15/2007 11:02:44 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: blam

Danegelt.


27 posted on 09/15/2007 11:06:17 AM PDT by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: Ditter
When I find treasure in my back yard, the last people I am going to call will be the government archaeologists.

I am not disagreeing with you here, but it might be the law.

It is just scary that people are more accepting of bigger and bigger government these days. As many folks are finding out, powerful governments are the worst thing that can happen to you... In fact, you could say more people were killed by their own government in the 20th century... Be afraid...

28 posted on 09/15/2007 11:07:26 AM PDT by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: mamelukesabre

I love to hunt for arrowheads in south Texas and have quite a collection.

Years ago we lived in Yorktown Va. and while digging a flower bed I found tons of pottery shards and the end of those clay pipes they used to smoke at the pub. I think that property must have been the dump. Also on the Yorktown battlefield I found a cannon ball. That’s treasure!


29 posted on 09/15/2007 11:09:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam

Neat! Thanks for posting this.


30 posted on 09/15/2007 11:22:58 AM PDT by syriacus (30,000 Americans died in Korea in 30 months, BECAUSE Truman had withdrawn TOO many troops, TOO soon)
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To: Keith Brown
"Makes you wonder if the Swedish govt will seize the find or let the folks who found it keep it?"

You probably already know or at least suspect the answer to your question. Should something like this ever happen to me, it would remain a deep dark secret.

31 posted on 09/15/2007 11:29:42 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: muleskinner

Well, would it be ok to pay the jizza tax and make the Moslem go away:-(


32 posted on 09/15/2007 11:35:21 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Ever see WILLIS SHAW backwards in your rear view mirror? I have!)
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To: JimRed
"I've heard of Dane geld, but I'm not familiar with Swede geld!"

The Brits paying it thought they all looked alike.

33 posted on 09/15/2007 11:38:24 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: metesky
"It would be interesting if they could find something that DNA could be extracted from to see if todays aboriginals are the same people or of it’s the DNA of people who moved on further into the Pacific."

Mungo Man

34 posted on 09/15/2007 1:25:08 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

btt


35 posted on 09/15/2007 1:37:04 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: mamelukesabre

The old Phil Harris radio show (boy, am I dating myself) had a hilarious bit about Phil and his boozy buddy Remley digging in Phil’s back yard, guided by an Indian “treasure map”(!)

Remley: “I just hit something!”

Harris (excitedly): “What is it? What is it?”

Remley(even more exciredly): “It’s big and round and is made out of silver! And there’s some writing on it!”

Harris (REALLY excited): “What does it say?”

Remley: “Pontiac.”


36 posted on 09/15/2007 2:56:58 PM PDT by Oatka (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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Viking treasure hoard yields astounding finds
China Daily | 06/24/2002 | Agencies via Xinhua
Posted on 06/28/2002 8:47:42 PM EDT by vannrox
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/707966/posts

Buddha statue from 6th c found in Viking hoard in Helgo, Sweden
Biblical Archaeology Review | March/April 2005 | “Worldwide” editor
Posted on 04/26/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1391864/posts

Graves Hint At Contact With Romans (Sweden)
The Local | 11-8-2006
Posted on 11/09/2006 6:36:23 PM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1735865/posts

Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)
Denmark DK | 3-9-2007
Posted on 03/09/2007 2:37:30 PM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1798187/posts


37 posted on 09/15/2007 10:21:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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38 posted on 09/15/2007 10:24:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

Excellent link! Hope that one turns up on a usable source.


39 posted on 09/15/2007 10:28:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: IncPen

ping


40 posted on 09/15/2007 10:56:57 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Mongeaux

41 posted on 09/16/2007 7:03:08 AM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: JimRed
I've heard of Dane geld, but I'm not familiar with Swede geld!

Scandinavian Kings are said to come from the same lines of Danes. Supposedly, the wives of Olof Skötkonug mentioned in the article were Edla of Vendland (of the Wends) & Astrid of the Obotrites.

42 posted on 09/16/2007 7:55:31 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Ditter
In western PA the only thing we dig up (occasionally) is arrowheads.
43 posted on 09/16/2007 7:09:07 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: GoLightly

The Wends come from someplace in Germany if I am not mistaken. I think I was told some of my ancestors were Wends.


44 posted on 09/17/2007 2:04:29 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: IncPen

old coinage ping


45 posted on 09/17/2007 2:12:38 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: John123
"As many folks are finding out, powerful governments are the worst thing that can happen to you..."

I am happy to have a government powerful enough to defeat some other government that wants to take mine away.

yitbos

46 posted on 09/17/2007 2:27:33 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: SunkenCiv
"One of the Swedish coins has never been found in Sweden "

Wasn't it a practice of the Swedes, when they went off to war, to virtually pick up everything, including the treasury, and just move along as they conquered? The king moved the kingdom along with him.

Do I recall one Swedish (Viking) crusade that went down some river (the Dnyper?), until the king just ran out of money?

yitbos

47 posted on 09/17/2007 2:39:52 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Thanks for the belly laugh.

Those aren’t treasures, those are mines.

Dog mines.


48 posted on 09/17/2007 3:29:04 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: bruinbirdman
:') The Varangians:
Google

49 posted on 09/17/2007 7:27:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bruinbirdman
I am happy to have a government powerful enough to defeat some other government that wants to take mine away.

That is what they probably thought in Nazi Germany and USSR.

And if you haven't been paying attention, China is going to be the most powerful country in the world in the 21st century. We will be like the British in the 20th century.

50 posted on 09/17/2007 8:05:58 AM PDT by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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