The Traveler Buried His Gold and Never Returned – And Volunteers Found It 800 Years Later

Travelers passing through modern Germany stopped and buried their valuables in their bags. He probably intended to return to retrieve the gold item, but never did. Instead, he disappeared and his treasure was lost and forgotten for centuries.

Nicky Andreas Steinmann was a volunteer trainee learning how to use a metal detector correctly. National Archaeological Office Schleswig-Holstein said in a February 17 news release: He has worked with instructors near the World Heritage Sites of High Tub and Dannewerk.

According to UNESCO in Germany, Haitab was a Viking trading center and settlement from the 8th to the 11th century. World Heritage Association.

Steinman’s instructor assigned Steinman an area near the Viking Trade Center to be scanned with a metal detector, the release said. Searching the area, he found something.

Buried in the dirt, Steinman found a few coins and some gold artifacts. He called in a field director to look at the finds and excavate the area further.

Archaeologists say Steinman stumbled upon gold nuggets buried by travelers about 800 years ago. indicates that he was buried in

The stash contained two high-quality gold earrings, carefully crafted in Byzantine style, the release said. The photo shows intricate jewelry. Each earring was originally adorned with about a dozen colorful stones, some of which are missing.

A gold earring was found buried.

A gold earring was found buried.

Experts also found gold-plated robe clasps resembling Islamic coins. The clasp was decorated with intricate Arabic letters, a photo shows.

Several coins were found buried.

Several coins were found buried.

Archaeologists unearthed 30 coins from the vault. Many of these coins date from the reign of King Valdemar II of Denmark, who ruled from 1202 to his 1241. Several pieces of cloth remained inside the coin, and it is highly likely that they were buried in the bag.

An imitation gold coin used as a robe clasp.

An imitation gold coin used as a robe clasp.

The item was found near a Viking-era trade center, but the date of the coin indicates that it was buried after the destruction of High Tub, experts say. Two gold-plated rings, ring fragments, and several other small gold discs were also found, according to the release.

The World Heritage Sites of Haitab and Dannewerk are about 535 miles northwest of Berlin, near Bussdorf in Schleswig-Holstein.

Google Translate was used to translate news releases from the Archaeological Office of Schleswig-Holstein (Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein).

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