Amateur metal detectors have found silver coins and jewelery from a Viking-era cache in a field in Mynämäki in southwestern Finland, the National Board of Antiquities says in a press release.
The discovery was made in early May, and according to the agency, the coins and jewelry are believed to be from the 8th century. According to the press release, there were 12 coins minted by the Viking king Harald Bluetoothonly a few of which had previously been found in Finland.
"Yes, it shook in my hands. This was my most impressive discovery to date and the first intact cache I have found," said Oskari Heikkiläthe metal detector that made the discovery.
After realizing his discovery, Heikkilä stopped digging, left the remaining objects in place and reported his discovery to the National Board of Antiquities. The following week, the agency began pilot excavations.
The agency said the archaeological survey said the objects may have been originally in a leather bag because they were accurately found. Small pieces of Iron Age pottery were also found in the excavation area. The findings suggest that the place may have been inhabited.
The field area where the cache was found is marked in the register of ancient remains, so no exploration or excavation of metals may be carried out without the permission of the National Board of Antiquities. The discovery is now part of the agency’s archaeological collections.
Mynämäki is known for its many Iron Age sites and discoveries, and is located in the center of the Iron Age region of Southwest Finland.
Source: The Nordic Page