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Amateur archaeologists find historic Viking treasure

Seven arm bangles discovered in a field in south Jutland

Striking gold: Six golden arm bangles and one in silver (photo: Museum Sønderskov)
June 16th, 2016 4:00 pm| by Christian W

Three amateur archaeologists have uncovered one of the most important Viking treasures in Danish history.

The trio made the unique find – six golden arm bangles and one in silver – in a field in Vejen in south Jutland near Kolding using metal detectors.

“We really felt that we had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and when more bangles kept showing up, it became surreal,” Marie Aagaard Larsen, one of the three lucky diggers, told DR Nyheder.

The three amateur archaeologists, which also included Kristen Nedergaard Dreiøe and Poul Nørgaard Pedersen, said they were aware that a golden necklace was found in the area in 1911.

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A golden surprise
The seven bangles were probably buried together sometime during the 10th century. They weight close to one kilo in total, making the find the largest ever gold discovery from the period.

“Finding just one of these bangles is massive, so finding seven is something very special,” said Peter Pentz, a Viking expert and curator from the National Museum of Denmark.

Pentz went on to explain that silver was the most used metal during the Viking Age, which makes the golden find even more audacious.

At the moment the treasure is being kept at Museum Sønderskov in nearby Brørup, but it will be sent to the National Museum of Denmark later on for further studies.

The biggest Viking treasure finds in Denmark

2016 – Three amateur archaeologists find seven arm bangles in Vejen

2002 – A silver treasure including 1.3 kilos of belt fittings and buckles found near Duesminde on Lolland

1911 – Two boys find a treasure containing 6.6 kilos of silver jewellery and coins in Terslev near Ringsted

1892 – Two brooches and an arm bangle found in Hornelund near Varde

1859 – A huge treasure including jewellery in silver and gold found in Vester Vedsted near Ribe