Viking Jewelry Unearthed in Sweden Looks ‘Almost Completely New’ at 1,000 Years Old – Check Out the Photos!
Talk about antiques!
Archaeologists in Sweden have discovered a stockpile of silver which they believe is about 1000 years old.
The items – which include torque-style neck rings, arm rings and coins – were found in a ceramic pot at Viggbyholm, Täby, a ‘Viking Age settlement’ outside of Stockholm, according to a press release from archaeologists at the National Historical Museums. in Sweden.
“They looked almost completely new,” archaeologist Maria Lingström said.
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The artifacts were buried under the floor of a building in the settlement, where the Vikings are said to have lived “for several hundred years”.
However, the silver discovery was “somewhat unexpected”, according to the press release.
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A ring, two beads and 12 pendants “used as jewelry” were also found in the jar, according to The Archeologists. Some of the pieces in the bag came from countries like England, Bohemia and Bavaria.
Arrows, millstones and amulet rings were also found “in the area”, according to the press release.
A coin, described by archaeologists as ‘extremely rare’, is believed to have been minted in the city of Rouen, Normandy, France around the 10th century AD
Professor Jens Christian Moesgaard of Stockholm University, said the French coin has only been identified in 18th century drawings.
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It is unclear why the objects were hidden in this manner, although one theory suggests it was done during “difficult and tumultuous times”, according to the press release, although as noted by the archaeologist John Hamilton, “we haven’t yet seen if that’s the case here.”
“It’s something you probably only experience once in your life,” Lingström added.
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