The duo made the unexpected discovery while hunting for riches with metal detectors on Rügen, Germany's largest island, in the Baltic Sea. As a senior writer for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment, archaeology and amazing animals. During his reign, Bluetooth consolidated most of Denmark into one kingdom and also converted Denmark into a Christian kingdom.
In the 980s, Bluetooth lost a battle with his son, Sven Forkbeard, and is believed to have fled from Denmark toward modern-day northern Germany. But, soon a closer look revealed the object was a rare Viking-age silver coin. He died in 987, a few years after fleeing. “We have here the rare case of a discovery that appears to corroborate historical sources,” archaeologist Detlef Jantzen told the Guardian .