13-year-old discovers 1000-year-old 'Bluetooth' coins

Amateur archaeologist Rene Schoen and 13-year-old student Luca Malaschnichenko looking for treasure with a metal detector in Schaprode northern Germany

Amateur archaeologist Rene Schoen and 13-year-old student Luca Malaschnichenko looking for treasure with a metal detector in Schaprode northern Germany

On the German island of rügen the Amateur archaeologist in the company of his 13-year-old assistant to the investigated area, when one of them noticed something shiny in the ground that was initially mistaken for debris from the foil.

A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have helped to uncover a unique stash of lost treasure thought to be associated with the legendary Danish King "Harry Bluetooth", who brought Christianity to Denmark in the 10th century.

Because they stayed silent concerning their original sighting, the full treasure trove was retrieved. The discovery was reported by several German media on Monday.

"It's the biggest trove of such coins in the southeastern Baltic region", Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said in a statement.

"It was the find of my life", said Schön, who had to keep his discovery under wraps until now.

Malaschnitschenko and Schoen were invited to participate in the recovery.

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At the weekend, he and Malaschnitschko joined professional archaeologists to dig up an area covering 400 square meters (4,300 square feet), unearthing braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor's hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins.

But when the pair cleaned it, they understood it was more precious. The oldest coin, a Damascus dirham, dates to 714 CE, and the newest is a penny from 983 CE.

His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish.

The site of the treasure trove, Schaprode, is near where a 16-piece gold hoard dating from Bluetooth's reign was found in the 19th century.

Bluetooth's lasting legacy is found today in smartphones and laptops - the wireless Bluetooth technology is named after him, and the symbol is composed of the two Runes spelling out his initials R. B.

One of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway, Harald ruled from around AD958 to 986.

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