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Viking-Era Relics Found While Looking for An Earring

Viking-Era Relics Found in Norway
Viking-era relics found in Norway when a family used a metal detector to find a missing earring. Credit: Cultural Heritage of Vestfold and Telemark County Council

In Norway, a family found something valuable and antique using a metal detector. This family was searching for a lost gold earring in their garden when their metal detector uncovered ancient artifacts that were over 1,000 years old. Local authorities confirmed this new find.

While searching for their missing jewelry at their Jomfruland residence, the Aasvik family activated their metal detector and unexpectedly came across a bowl-shaped buckle and another item that seemed to be associated with a Viking-era burial.

This discovery was reported in a recent Facebook post by the Cultural Heritage of Vestfold and Telemark County Council. The council also shared images displaying the family alongside the intricately engraved clasp and buckle found at the site.

Viking-Era Relics Discovery made in the family’s garden on Jomfruland

The find occurred right in the center of their garden, beneath the towering tree, as confirmed by officials.

Experts explained that these two metal objects are thought to have played a role in the burial of a woman during the 9th century. This discovery is considered the first of its kind from the Viking era on Jomfruland, which is an island situated off the southern coast of Norway.

While there was prior knowledge of settlements on Jomfruland that stretched back many centuries, the evidence available until now had only reached as far as the early Middle Ages.

The authorities commended the Aasvik family for their extraordinary discovery and for promptly reaching out to them regarding this rare find.

“They did everything correctly and contacted us first,” stated the officials.

Norwegian man makes the “gold find of the century”

In another fascinating discovery, a man in Norway decided to get active and bought a metal detector. Little did he know that he would stumble upon the most significant gold discovery of the century in the country.

Initially, the Norwegian gentleman believed that his metal detector was reacting to buried chocolate coins in the ground.

However, it turned out to be nine pendants, three rings, and ten gold pearls, marking what experts are calling the most important gold discovery in Norway in a hundred years.

This discovery occurred during the summer on the southern island of Rennesoey, near the city of Stavanger. Erlend Bore, a 51-year-old, had purchased his first metal detector earlier in the year as a pastime, following his doctor’s advice to get active instead of spending too much time on the couch.

“At first, I thought it was chocolate coins or Captain Sabertooth coins,” said Bore, mentioning a fictional Norwegian pirate. “It was totally unreal.”

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