With his metal detector he discovers gold jewelry from the 6th century.

A Norwegian has just made “the discovery of the century” in his country: he discovered, with a newly acquired metal detector, rare gold jewelry dating back to the 6th century.

“At first I thought they were chocolate coins or Captain Sabeltann,” a famous imaginary Norwegian pirate character, confided Erlend Bore, quoted in a press release from the University of Stavanger. And he added: “It was totally unreal. »

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100 grams of jewelry

The loot consists of nine gold and pearl medallions that once formed a luxurious necklace, as well as three rings of the same metal, the university announced Thursday. It was discovered at the end of August on a farmer's property near Stavanger by this amateur archaeologist. This 50-year-old man, who since he was little wanted to be an archaeologist, bought a metal detector to encourage himself to go out and move more, as his doctor and physiotherapist recommended. He was about to abandon his search when his device began beeping on the side of a hill.

Alerted, the local archaeological services took charge. According to them, the jewels, whose total weight is just over 100 grams, date back to approximately 500 AD, at a time of great migrations of peoples in Europe. “This is the gold discovery of the century in Norway,” said the director of the University of Stavanger Archaeological Museum, Ole Madsen. “Finding so much gold at once is extremely rare. »

A planned reward

The last comparable discovery in the Scandinavian country dates back to the 19th century. According to archaeologists, this latest find is unique above all because of the motif that appears on the medallions: a type of horse from Norse mythology. “Given the location of the discovery and the lessons learned from equivalent discoveries, these are undoubtedly precious hidden objects or an offering to the gods in a turbulent time,” says Professor Håkon Reiersen. According to the law, Erlend Bore and the owner of the land should receive a reward, the amount of which has not yet been decided.

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