Coin hoard found in Estonia

A hoard of silver coins dating to the 11th century was found in a wetland in Jõgeva, Estonia. The coins are believed to have been placed there as a deliberate sacrifice.

The coins are a mix of Byzantine, Arabic, Germanic, and Viking origin. Also found were iron ornaments broken into pieces, which was common in ritual offerings.

The Baltic region was a major trade area in the 11th century. [photo]