A Viking gold trove of bracelets was stumbled upon in an open field in Denmark, the largest discovery of such jewelry ever in the country, reported The Local
. The same field yielded treasure back in 1911.
The six gold bracelets and one silver bracelet date back to the 900s, according to The Local. The combined weight of the jewelry was 900 grams, or nearly two pounds.
Three amateur archaeologists, who called themselves Team Rainbow Power, found the Viking Age items in a field in the Vejen Municipality of Jutland, reported The Local.
"We really felt like we had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when we found the first bracelet, but when others then appeared it was almost unreal," said Team Rainbow Power member Marie Aagaard Larsen said in a statement from the National Museum of Denmark.
National Museum of Denmark spokesman Peter Pentz told The Associated Press
it was a huge just to find one of the bracelets. Pentz said the bracelets could have been used by a Viking chief to reward faithful followers.
He said the bracelets were probably part of a treasure that includes a gold chain found in the same field in 1911.
Team Rainbow Power, which used metal detectors to find the bracelets, credited help from Lars Grundvad, from the Sønderskov Museum, said The Local.
"At the museum, we had talked about how interesting it could be to check out the area with metal detectors because there was a 67-gram gold chain found there back in 1911," Grundvad said. "But I would have never in my wildest fantasies believed that amateur archaeologists could uncover seven bracelets from the Viking Age."
According to the website Live Science
, Vikings were seafaring people who lived from the late eighth century to early 11th century, and established a reputation as traders, explorers, and warriors. They reached and set up colonies in Greenland in the 10th century, long before Columbus discovered "The New World" in 1492.
Researchers have confirmed Viking sites on the northern tip of Newfoundland and possibly three other sites in Canada, according to Live Science.
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