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Boy 9, And Grandfather Find Medieval Silver Treasure In Sweden
Earth Times ^ | 4-28-2008 | DPA

Posted on 04/28/2008 2:47:11 PM PDT by blam

Boy, 9, and grandfather find medieval silver treasure in Sweden

Posted : Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:36:04 GMT
Author : DPA

Stockholm - A 9-year-old boy's search for shrapnel on an old battlefield resulted in a huge find of medieval silver coins near the Lund in southern Sweden, local media reported Monday. Alexander Granhof, 9, and his grandfather made the recent discovery, dubbed "silverado" by archaeologists.

"We went out on the field looking for cannonballs," Alexander Granhof told the online edition of the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

"I found a piece of metal and thought at first it was shrapnel from a shotgun. I shouted to grandfather and then we discovered more and more coins," he added.

In all, the pair found more than 4,600 coins on the field. Archaeologists, using metal detectors, boosted the tally to 7,000 but did not rule out that even more coins were hidden in the soil.

"This is incredible," Bernd Gerlach of the Lund University Historical Museum told reporters.

Both Alexander and his grandfather Jens Granhof are interested in archaeology and went treasure hunting after reading about a treasure buried somewhere in the province of Scania.

No reward sum has yet been determined but the silver in the treasure alone was estimated to be worth 1.5 million kronor (250,000 dollars).

During the 13th century when the coins were hidden, the sum could have fetched some 15 serfs, museum head Per Karsten said.

The coins had been placed in two urns that were wrapped in cloth. The treasure was likely buried during troubled times, and one theory was that the coins were church taxes collected from nearby farms.

The find included thousands of English coins with a high silver content and some other markers that likely were used locally.


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KEYWORDS: ggg; godsgravesglyphs; medieval; silver; sweden; thevikings; treasure; viking; vikings
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1 posted on 04/28/2008 2:47:15 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Pings.


2 posted on 04/28/2008 2:47:41 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Very cool!


3 posted on 04/28/2008 2:54:11 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: blam

Great story! I bet grandpa was already the boy’s hero for taking him on the artifact adventure, the treasure just sealed the deal.


4 posted on 04/28/2008 2:54:54 PM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: blam
No reward sum has yet been determined but the silver in the treasure alone was estimated to be worth 1.5 million kronor (250,000 dollars).

How benificent of the state. How about this: The kid keeps it all and decides which charity to bestow some fraction of it?

5 posted on 04/28/2008 3:02:50 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: blam

LINK with more info.

6 posted on 04/28/2008 3:26:37 PM PDT by primeval patriot
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To: blam
No reward sum has yet been determined but the silver in the treasure alone was estimated to be worth 1.5 million kronor (250,000 dollars).

two things - 1.) Great thing for a gramps and his grandson to share in the memories....thier bonds are tight Im sure....

2.) leave it to government to rob people of joy, for the benefit of the state, creating what Im guessing are two very disappointed and disillusioned people

they should be able to keep it

7 posted on 04/28/2008 3:27:39 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: blam

Very cool.


8 posted on 04/28/2008 3:29:40 PM PDT by rabidralph (The Clintons managed to make $109M during Pres. Bush's "failed" economy.)
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To: primeval patriot
"LINK with more info. "

Excellent, thanks.

9 posted on 04/28/2008 4:33:04 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Revelation 911

In England they have some pretty good rules I think to promote treasure hunting. The govt. museum types look at the find and if they think it is museum quality will keep it and reimburse the finder the full value. If they don’t think it is museum quality the finder can keep it. (Or something like that - but they want to promote treasure seeking.) I’m not sure what the rules are pertaining to the landowner rights and the treasure hunter. I would imagine that the hunter would have a contract of sorts and ask permission, with maybe a percentage of any antiquities found to be given to the landowner.


10 posted on 04/28/2008 4:43:20 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: blam

Depressing!

Why should government get any of this find?


11 posted on 04/28/2008 5:35:18 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: blam
Metal Detector: $350

Walk in the fields: free

Finding a treasure with Grampa: priceless!!!

12 posted on 04/28/2008 5:53:12 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism is dying. Thank God!)
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To: 21twelve
"I would imagine that the hunter would have a contract of sorts and ask permission, with maybe a percentage of any antiquities found to be given to the landowner."

The landowner gets a cut of the government money too.

From what I've read, everyone involved in this process has been satisfied with their cut of the proceeds.

13 posted on 04/28/2008 7:08:27 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Yeah - I hope it is similar in Sweden. By the way - could you add me to your GGG pings? I always find them very interesting.


14 posted on 04/28/2008 8:23:30 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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Swedes Find Viking-Era Arab Coins [different hoard]
BBC | 4-4-2008
Posted on 04/04/2008 7:50:12 AM PDT by blam
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Buddha statue from 6th c found in Viking hoard in Helgo, Sweden
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Posted on 04/26/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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15 posted on 04/28/2008 9:44:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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16 posted on 04/28/2008 9:45:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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WOW!

Wish this could have happened to me!!!

Hope pictures of this show up soon.

What a find!


17 posted on 04/29/2008 1:29:25 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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#6 Thanks for the photos!

What a lucky, cute kid.


18 posted on 04/29/2008 1:30:15 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: SunkenCiv

Man, my ancestors sure got around before Olaf converted to Christianity and spoiled the party.

;-)


19 posted on 04/29/2008 1:37:45 PM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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You’re welcome.

And I thought this was a great story.

A nine year old boy finding a real buried treasure with his grandfather is fantastic.


20 posted on 04/29/2008 3:12:39 PM PDT by primeval patriot
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To: blam

That has to beat finding a cannonball.


21 posted on 04/29/2008 3:22:11 PM PDT by csvset
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They probably plundered that very hoard. ;’)


22 posted on 04/29/2008 10:01:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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Finding a treasure with Grampa: priceless!!!

Amen to that.

23 posted on 04/29/2008 10:07:31 PM PDT by MaxMax (It's not the politics I despise, It's the politicians for being so stupid..)
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