Metal Detectorist Finds Silver Hoard in Denmark

A hobbyist with a metal detector discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of Viking-era silver on the Danish island of Funen. Since the find earlier this year, the museum of Odense, the largest city on Funen, has worked to conserve the coins and other objects in the find.

So far, archaeologists have found 41 silver coins, a silver bracelet and half of a highly decorative Thor’s hammer. Most of the coins originate from the ancient Islamic times of the caliphs, while some are from the area covered by present-day Russia. ... Odense City Museums indicated that the foreign coins are ‘yet another sign of the vast connections and trading relations, which were an integral part of Scandinavia during the Viking age’.