13-Year-Old Finds Danish King’s 1000-Year-Old Treasure In Germany

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Get this kid a spot on The Goonies reboot.

Ever wish you could stumble upon a huge treasure so that you can tell your boss where to stick it and quit your job? Well, that won’t happen for any of us anytime soon, but according to the NY Daily News, a 13-year-old teen came across quite the treasure.

The teen found a batch of hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, pearls, rings and bracelets belonging to Danish King Harold Gormsson. The treasure was found on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.

NY Daily News

A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday.

The office said the two amateur archeologists were asked to keep quiet about their discovery to give professionals time to plan the dig and were then invited to participate in the recovery.
“This was the (biggest) discovery of my life,” hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.
Schoen said he and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on the field near Schaprode when Luca found a little piece that he initially thought was only aluminum garbage. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

But who was King Harold Gormsson, better known as Harald Bluetooth? Well he lived in the 10th century and actually introduced Christianity to Denmark. Gormsson was nicknamed Bluetooth for his death tooth that looked bluish. So yeah, the wireless Bluetooth technology is actually named after him.

No word yet as to what will happen to the coins. But chances are it will end up in some museum and not in the hands of that 13-year-old who found it. Sorry, kid. Better ask mom for money to get Fortnite.