Imagine strolling along with your metal detector, and finding a treasure trove of Bluetooth gear. Well, that’s exactly what happened to 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko. While using his metal detector in a field on Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea, Luca stumbled across a medieval treasure that happened to belong to a Viking called “Bluetooth”. No, it wasn’t a heap of Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and speakers, but around 600 coins, a Thor’s hammer, and some brooches, pearls, and necklaces.
Buried #Viking treasure and King Bluetooth–@winroth_anders, professor of medieval history @Yale @yale_history, discusses the biggest cache of Bluetooth coins discovered. #archaeology #history https://t.co/uqIeLGkink (photo by Stefan Sauer AFP/Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/TEAaPOSIAo
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Harald Blåtand Gormsson, nicknamed “Bluetooth” because of his dead tooth that had a bluish tint, was a Viking who ruled over Denmark in the 10th century. He is credited with converting the Danes to Christianity, and being a unifying force in Denmark. At the end of his life, he was driven out of Denmark and escaped south to what is now the island of Rügen, where the treasure was found.
It may surprise you that the link between the familiar wireless technology and the Viking ruler is no coincidence. When Bluetooth creator Jim Kardach was
This proves that it may still be worth pacing back and forth on the beach with a metal detector; you never know what history lies beneath.
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