The discovery of a special gold treasure that is 10,000 years old has amazed archaeologists
A STUNNING 1,000-year-old rare artefact has been found that may provide an archaeological breakthrough in the understanding of Vikings and the Middle East.
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The National Museum of Denmark has announced that a rare 11th-century golden earring has been uncovered. This rare piece of jewellery was found in a field in West Jutland, Denmark, by Frants Fugl Vestergaard, with the help of a metal detector
Archaeologists stunned as 1,000-year-old rare gold treasure found: ‘Unseen before’ (Image: Søren Greve/Nationalmuseet/dpa)
According to the National Museum, this gold earring is likely from the Middle East and is the first discovery of such an object in Scandinavia.
The Copenhagen museum believes that the earring originated in Byzantium or Egypt and is likely a gift from the emperor of Byzantium to a Viking chieftain.
Another explanation that was put forward was that the emperor of Byzantium had given the earring to a Danish Viking who was his bodyguard.
This gold piece, which was added to the museum display on Monday, is extremely rare as only a handful of similar artefacts have been found across the world.
The treasure was found by a man with ametal detector (Image: Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/DPA/PA Images)
Museum expert Peter Pentz said: “It is completely unique for us.
“We know of only 10 to 12 other specimens worldwide and we have never found one in Scandinavia.”
According to Mr Pentz, while the Vikings bought back thousands of silver coins from their forays, travels and trading expeditions, it was rare to find jewellery among their loot.
The site of the discovery in West Jutland surprised experts, as there was no known Viking site nearby.
The Dagmar Cross, found in a grave in Ringsted St. Bendt’s Church (Image: Lennart Larsen /Nationalmuseet DK Frederiksholms Kanal 12 1220 Kbh. K Denmark)