COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s main museum says amateur archaeologists have found seven bracelets — one of silver and six of gold — which are considered to be the largest Viking-era gold find in Denmark.
National Museum of Denmark spokesman Peter Pentz says finding one “is huge but it is something special to find seven.”
Pentz says the bracelets weighing a total of almost one kilogram (2.2. pounds) were discovered last week near Vejen in western Denmark by people using metal detectors.
He said in a statement Thursday the bracelets could have been used by a Viking chieftain to reward faithful followers. They likely were part of a treasure that includes a gold chain found in the same field in 1911.
The Viking Age ranged from around 800 until 1050.