Gold Treasure from the Viking Age found in Denmark
A team of amateur archaeologists called ‘Team Rainbow Power’ has recently found seven bracelets (six of gold and one of silver) dating back to the Viking Age in a field from Vejen Municipality in southern Jutland, region of Syddanmark (southern Denmark). All bracelets date back to roughly 900 AD. This is the largest Viking treasure ever to be found in Denmark.
The combined weight of these seven artefacts amounts to as much as 900 grams, making this discovery the largest Viking Age gold treasure unearthed thus far in Denmark.
The three amateur archaeologists from ‘Team Rainbow Power’ were Poul Nørgaard Pedersen, Marie Aagaard Larsen and Kristen Dreiøe. Team member Marie Aagaard Larsen stated the fact that she had been on the field for about 10 minutes before eventually discovering gold. The team initially found three Viking Age rings, but they subsequently asked for professional help on behalf of Lars Grundvad from Sønderskov Museum who was very surprised by the discovery.
Peter Pentz also stated that the site may be further analysed in order to find out where the artefacts actually stemmed from and why they were buried down there.
Documentation sources and external links:
- Largest-ever Viking gold collection found in Denmark on wwww.thelocal.dk
- Bracelets dubbed Denmark’s largest Viking-era gold find on www.washingtonpost.com
- Vejen Municipality on www.wikipedia.org (in English)
- Viking Gold Hoard at the End of the Rainbow on www.medievalhistories.com
- Amatørarkæologer finder Danmarks største guldskat fra vikingetiden on www.mynewsdesk.com (in Danish)
- Sensationeller Fund aus der Wikingerzeit auf einem Feld bei Vejen: fast ein Kilogramm Gold on www.nordschleswiger.dk (in German)
- Amateur archaeologists find historic Viking treasure on www.cphpost.dk
- Viking Gold Hoard Discovered in Denmark on www.viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.dk
- The official website of the Sønderskov Museum on www.sonderskov.dk (in Danish, English and German)