Amateur Archeologists Stumble Upon Medieval Booty of 'King Bluetooth'

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A couple of amateur archeologists—one of them a 13-year-old—wielding metal detectors have found a cache of treasure from the 900s (you read that right) that once belonged to a “King Bluetooth.” This is a perfect story, featuring not just a teen stumbling upon ancient loot, but also a great new insult to lob at any douchebag who messes with you.

The Guardian reported on the find, on Germany’s Rügen island, by René Schön and Luca Malaschnitschenko. At first they thought they’d found some aluminium, but in fact it was silver, and when archeologists went digging, they found so much more! And the treasure was not a chest full of broken headsets and blue button-downs from stockbrokers of yore, but rather: “Braided necklaces, pearls, brooches, a Thor’s hammer, rings and up to 600 chipped coins were found, including more than 100 that date back to Bluetooth’s era.”


“This trove is the biggest single discovery of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea region and is therefore of great significance,” said lead archaeologist Michael Schirren.

Bluetooth was the nickname of Harald Gormsson, who ruled Denmark and Norway circa AD 958 to 986. And in fact the technology is his namesake, and the symbol are the runes for his initials. The more you know!

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