Viking Silver treasure on the island Rügen discovered
Island Rügen is not only rich in national parks and biosphere reserves, beautifully situated Baltic Sea beaches and lovingly restored seaside resorts. Since 2018 Rügen is also one of the treasure islands. Near the village Schaprode, which is located in the northwest of Rügen, just opposite the island Hiddensee, a silver treasure from the Viking Age was found. The approximately 1000-year-old silver coins, pearls and a so-called Thorshammer, which in Germanic mythology represents a warhammer and magical weapon of the god Thor, were found on an agricultural field.
Here were no professional treasure hunters at work, but the find was discovered by a student and a hobby archaeologist in January 2018. The two were traveling with a metal detector near a Bronze Age hill when the detector made the decisive signal. A short time later, the two knew that this is not worthless scrap, but archaeologically valuable material. A lucky coincidence was that one of the two finders was a volunteer assistant to the archeology of the state and therefore it was clear that they could not excavate the find themselves in order to cover up valuable traces such as location and arrangement of the pieces. Nevertheless, the two were not yet aware of the extent and scale of the treasure trove. This was recognized only by the archaeologists who were busy with the recovery of the treasure until April 2018.
In total, more than 550 silver objects were found on an acreage area of approx. 500 square meters, which now have to be cataloged with great care, examined and assigned more closely. Only then can one estimate the exact value of the treasure. However, much is already clear: parts of the treasure come from the Viking Age, in particular, silver coins from the time of Harald I "Blue Tooth" Gormsson be assigned. Harald was King of Denmark and later King of Norway and was feared when he invaded the Normandy several times as a Viking leader. In what exact relationship the treasure is with Harald, can only be surmised today. It is speculated that he was placed at the time of his escape on the island of Rügen. That this treasure is related to one of the many castles on Rügen is unlikely, since these are not old enough.