September 20, 2021

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Viking treasure in front of gold artifacts found in Denmark

It was buried in southwestern Denmark in the 6th century: a treasure trove of 22 gold objects discovered by an amateur archaeologist, the museum announced Monday.

“It was made of many gold objects, including a medal the size of a plate. We see a lot of icons there, some of which are still unknown to us, which will allow us to expand our knowledge of the people of that period,” explained AFP Mats Rowe, director of research before the Viking Age. In western Denmark.

Between the 8th and 12th centuries, a treasure of less than a kilo was discovered next to Jelling, considered by historians to be the cradle of kings in the Viking Age. An amateur archaeologist who bought a metal detector brought it to light.

The discovery was made about six months ago, but until now has been carefully kept secret.

Some objects contain runic motifs and inscriptions that may refer to rulers of the time, but they are also reminiscent of Norse mythology. A coin depicts the Roman emperor Constantine (early 4th century).

“The code depicted in these objects is unique, more than the amount found,” Rown said.

When the volcanic eruption in Iceland in 536 turned the climate of northern Europe upside down, treasure may have been placed as an offering to God by the locals at a chaotic time. Gray

The treasure will be on display at the Wesley Museum from February 2022.

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