TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Danish teen finds rare Viking coins

Daily Photo Galleries

By From Wire Reports
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

COPENHAGEN — Danish museum officials said that an archaeological dig last year has revealed 365 items from the Viking era, including 60 rare coins.

Danish National Museum spokesman Jens Christian Moesgaard said the coins have a distinctive cross motif attributed to Norse King Harald Bluetooth, who is believed to have brought Christianity to Norway and Denmark.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Stokbro Larsen found the coins and other items with a metal detector in a field in northern Denmark.

Stokbro Larsen, who often explores with his detector, said friends find him “a bit nerdy.”

Moesgaard said on Thursday that it was the first time since 1939 that so many Viking-era coins have been found, calling them “another important piece in the puzzle” of history.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Venezuela’s Maduro says airlines wage ‘economic war’
  2. With help from U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurds retake strategic border town
  3. 10,000 U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan as security treaty is finally signed
  4. Sides reach out to undecided in Hong Kong
  5. Obama, India PM forge deals on major issues
  6. Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader dead
  7. Freed Nigerian schoolgirl home
  8. Flights over EU just got chattier
  9. Iran will not halt uranium enrichment
  10. U.S., rebels on shaky ground in campaign in Syria
  11. Coalition airstrikes fail to slow ISIS attacks on key cities
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.