Schoolboy with metal detector unearths ancient Viking hoard of Harald Bluetooth’s treasure

Rob Waugh

The silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as “Harald Bluetooth.” (AFP)

It’s the stuff of metal detectorist dreams: a 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a ‘significant’ trove of Viking treasure from 1,000 years ago.

René Schön and his pupil Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on Germany’s Rügen island when they found a piece of metal.

At first, they thought it was aluminium – but then realised it was ancient silver.

Archaeologists are now digging at the site – and have found a hoard of treasure linked to the Danish king known as ‘Harald Bluetooth’, from whom the wireless technology gets its name.

Archaeologists dig at the site (Picture AFP)
An archaeologist holds a coin unearthed at the site (Picture Getty)

The trove included necklaces, rings, a Thor’s hammer and more than 100 items dating from Bluetooth’s time.


Bluetooth ruled until 986AD.

Lead archaeologist Michael Schirren said, ‘This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance.’