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Amateur metal detectorists find massive horde of Viking silver

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Archaeologist Jens Ulriksen (in red), as well as metal detectorists Robert Poulsen and Allan Hansen.

Robert Poulsen and Allan Hansen, metal detecting enthusiasts, made the discovery of a lifetime on a recent weekend trip to Kalvehave Kirke in Zealand, Denmark. The two men uncovered thirty ancient silver coins that day, before contacting the Southeast Museum of Denmark. A few days later, archaeologists from the museum arrived to dig deeper into the mysterious horde. According to Sanne Jakobsen, the museum communications manager, over one hundred and thirty coins have now been excavated from the site. The coins themselves are a mix of ancient German, English, and Frisian currencies, with the majority being English.

 

 

While the coins have not yet been officially dated, markings on the coins as well as their location and depth would seem to indicate that the horde comes from some time before the turn of the millennium near the tail end of the Viking Era. According to Jakobsen.

Once the coins have been cataloged and preserved, they are set to be put on display at the Vordingborg Castle Museum.


All images courteously provided by Sanne Jakobsen and the Museum Sydøstdanmark.


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