1,000-year-old Viking Jewelry Found In Sweden Looks "Almost New"
The items, which include torque-style neck rings, arm rings, and coins, were found in a ceramic pot in Viggbyholm, Taby, a "Viking Age settlement" outside of Stockholm, according to a press release from The Archaeologists at the National Historical Museums in Sweden.
Archaeologist Maria Lingström said that they looked almost brand new.
The artifacts were buried under the floor of a building in the settlement, where the Vikings are thought to have lived "for several hundred years." The silver find, on the other hand, was "a bit of a surprise," said the press release.
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The Archeologists say that a ring, two pearls, and 12 coin pendants "used as jewelry" were also found in the pot. Some of the coins in the bag were from England, Bohemia, and Bavaria, among other places.
According to Smith Sonian Mag, When you look at all of the coins together, they show that people who lived in Scandinavia during the Viking Age traded with people far away and made connections with them.
Researchers don't know why the jewelry's original owners hid it, but they say that people often bury valuable things underground during times of trouble or unrest. The team will have to do more research to find out if that's true or if something else caused them to bury such a valuable stash of things.
A press release said that arrows, quernstones, and amulet rings were also found "in the area."
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Archaeologists say that one coin is "extremely rare." They think it was made in the city of Rouen in Normandy, France, around the year 1000 A.D.
Professor Jens Christian Moesgaard of Stockholm University said that drawings from the 18th century were the only way to figure out what the French coin looked like.
It's not clear why the objects were hidden this way. As per the press release, one theory is that it was done during "difficult and tumultuous times," but archaeologist John Hamilton said, "We have yet to see if that was the case here." Lingström said:
This is something you probably only experience once in a lifetime.