They unearth a Viking piggy bank containing a silver treasure

They unearth a Viking piggy bank containing a silver treasure

Swedish archaeologists have unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland a bronze piggy bank from the Viking age containing thousands of silver coins from the 11th century. Gotland museum director Lars Sjövärd calls it “fantastic”And indicates that each of these coins is worth thousands of Swedish crowns. This opinion is shared by the rest of the scientists in charge of the project.

The silver treasure It was found Thursday while exploring a field in Rone, south Gotland. Gotland museum archaeologist Per Widerström explains: “We had an expert with a metal detector who thought he had found something very big”.

After being advised of the new discovery, Widerström and his colleague Majvor Östergren returned to the field to determine exactly what was lying under the surface. "What we found was a bronze bucket from the Viking age filled with silver coins”, He recounted.

A preliminary analysis of one of the currencies revealed that it was probably minted in Germany between 1000 and 1040. X-rays also indicate that the cube, which measures 23 centimeters in diameter and is 17 centimeters deep, contains thousands of coins. Widerström clarifies that they cannot say “Safely"Because the X-rays could not" penetrate all the silver. " He adds that there may be “other silver objects inside"But, so far, the cube looks like"full to the top of coins”.

The finding is unusual in that the treasure was complete. The reason that Widerström indicates for this fact is that surely it should be “to that he was buried 30 centimeters underground", as "plows only drop 29 centimeters", Which implies that the treasure has obtained"escape the damage of any agricultural activity for centuries«.

That same field had already saved other treasures, among which is one of the best known discoveries of 1880: a collection of almost 6,000 coins from the 11th century. This reputation of the field attracted crowds of treasure hunters and looters, and forced the Gotland authorities to create a commission to monitor the area as a preventive measure against looting of objects of archaeological value.

Widerström maintains that the use that the cube could have was that of a piggy bank or cash register from the Viking age: “The size of the find may indicate the consolidation of the market for Viking merchants”. “The treasures belonging to earlier times are normally much smaller, while those found, dating from later, are much larger”, Assures the archaeologist.

Image: Gotland Museum

Passionate about History, he has a degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. Since he was little he loved History and ended up exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries above all.


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