After a man made a record gold find in Norway with a metal detector, a family in the country made another unprecedented discovery with the same device. The family was looking for a lost earring in their garden when instead they unearthed artifacts dating back more than a millennium.
According to BBC, the Aasvik family dug up a bowl-shaped buckle and another object that appears to be part of a Viking Age burial. Experts believe that the objects were used in the burial of a woman in the ninth century on the small island of Jomfruland. The find was made under a large tree in the middle of the family’s garden on the island off the south coast of Norway.
“We congratulate the family who found the first secure Viking Age find at Jomfruland,” writes Vestfold and Telemark County Cultural Heritage in a Facebook post.
Live Science reported that the new discovery of what appears to be the grave of an aristocratic Viking woman now suggests that the cairns were in fact made by Vikings.
The larger object found in the grave is an oval brooch that would have been worn by a woman in a halter dress to fasten the shoulder straps in front, said Vibeke Lia, archaeologist at Vestfold and Telemark County Council. Live Science. Such brooches were commonly found in the graves of Viking women, and their style was characteristic of the ninth century, according to the news outlet.
“They come in pairs, one for each strap, so there should be another one there,” she said.
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