Norwegian Amateur Archaeologist Uncovers 6th Century Gold Jewelry: The Golden Discovery of the Century

2023-09-07 23:43:00

Erlend Bore, a Norwegian citizen, bought a metal detector on “medical advice” and discovered gold jewelry from the 6th century, a finding considered the “golden discovery of the century” in his country. The unexpected discovery encounter at the end of August on the southern island of Rennesøy, near Stavanger.

The booty consists of nine gold medallions and pearls that once formed a luxurious necklace, as well as three rings of the same metal, the University of Stavanger said in a statement on Thursday. Said items lay buried on a farmer’s property.

Erlend Bore, who dreamed of being an archaeologist as a child, made an unexpected discovery near the University of StavangerAnniken Celine Berger/NTB/Arkeologisk Museum

The fiftieth-year-old, who wanted to be an archaeologist as a child, she had bought the metal detector to motivate herself to get out and move moreas recommended by your doctor and physical therapist. He was regarding to give up and end his search when unexpectedly the detector began to go off on a hill.

Then he alerted the archaeological services that discovered regarding 100 grams of jewels dating back to around 500 AD, at a time of great migrations of peoples in Europe. “It is the gold discovery of the century in Norway”said the director of the archaeological museum of the University of Stavanger, Ole Madsen.

This photo released on September 7, 2023 by the University and Archeology Museum of Stavanger (UiS) in southwestern Norway shows gold coin-shaped pendants that are part of a gold hoard found in August 2023. by an amateur archaeologist with the help of a metal detector on Rennesoy Island in Stavanger. The treasure consists of nine gold and pearl medallions that once formed a luxurious necklace, as well as three gold ringsAFP Agency

“Finding so much gold from a single discovery is extremely rare,” he added next. The last comparable discovery in the Scandinavian country dates back to the 19th century. According to archaeologists, this latest discovery is unique, above all because the motif that appears on the medallions, a kind of horse from Norse mythology.

Håkon Reiersenan associate professor at the museum, said the gold pendants – flat, thin, single-sided gold medals scientifically known as bracteates – they were probably hidden valuables or an offering to the gods in moments of extreme need and drama.

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This photograph taken by Annette Græsli Øvrelid and released on September 7, 2023 by the Museum of Archeology and the University of Stavanger (UiS), in southwestern Norway, shows one of nine gold coin-shaped pendants that are part of the of a treasure of goldAFP Agency

Professor Sigmund Oehrl, an expert in this type of pendant, also from the same museum, points out that until now regarding 1,000 gold bracteates were found in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. He later detailed that the symbols on the pendants usually show the Norse god Odin healing his son’s sick horse.

The horse’s tongue dangles from gold pendants and “its hunched posture and crooked legs show that it is injured”Oehrl argued. “The symbol of the horse represented illness and anguish, but at the same time hope for healing and new life”, he completed when analyzing the pieces.

Objects from before 1537 and coins from before 1650 are considered state property and must be surrendered. Therefore, and as provided by law, Erlend Bore and the owner of the land should receive a reward. The plan is to display the find at the Stavanger Archaeological Museum.


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