Ancient Gold treasure discovery in Norway

I am sitting here right now, in shock, after a week of wonderful metal detecting discoveries. Not just for me, but also for local history in and around Mandal, my hometown. I will tell you why a little bit later.
My name is Bjarne, 45 years old. I have been metal detecting for about 4 years. I’ve been through several different metal detectors, but like most people eventually ended up with an XP DEUS. After trying the Deus I quickly found that this was the right detector for me. The low weight, easy cleaning, easy charging and the wireless system are great advantages. Not to mention all the great finds I have made with this device.

At the beginning of my career I searched for relics in areas with known activity from WW2.
Because of the high activity I would find things more often, and this was also a great way to get to know your detector. It was a good learning curve and served me well for when I eventually went over to older fields.

Sunday February 24, I took my DEUS, out to a field where I have been several times. After a couple of hours of searching I got a signal with a constant reading of 87, and a high pure sound on my WS5 ear muffs.

It really was a good signal, I suspected it was possibly Silver. I put down my DEUS and started to dig….. And there it was, a Gold ring dating back to the Viking age.

Rare Gold item found with an XP Deus metal detector
Finding a 1000 year Gold item can certainly get the imagination going.
Who was the original owner of the ring?  Perhaps a king or a Viking who had been out on a crusade, or is there a person buried nearby? Who knows !
We will most likely never find out, but what we know is that in any case it must have been a wealthy person, as in Norway at that time there was not much Gold. As they say: “They dreamed in Gold, but traded in silver.”

Then, only ten meters away, a Roman coin. (Commudus) This time I knew what it was. I shouted over to my friends to come over and have a look.

More recent discoveries may indicate that some Norwegians were also soldiers in the Roman army, way back in 0-400 AD. They brought home with them coins, equipment and valuables, but this has not been proven. I get chills when I think about what this coin might have experienced, what travels it might have had. If it could only talk.

XP Deus finds rare Roman coin

The ring is made from twisted Gold, and weighs 8 grams, with an inner diameter of about 20 mm, and the outer diameter at about 26-27mm.
I’m still in shock, thinking about how I can ever beat this as a find. The very next day, I contacted the county archaeologist, so I could deliver the ring to them. They were very happy to receive it, and they told me that finds like this are very rare.

In Norway, by law, we have to hand in all items older than 1537 and coins older than 1650.

Sunday February 31, and again a new day of searching. The XP DEUS was fully charged, there were 3 of us out searching on a new permission. Two of us used the XP DEUS.
The field was not very big, and we covered a majority of it in around 3 hours. No big finds to report, just a few coins from the late 1800s, at that point we decided to go to another area a short distance away.

After about 1,5 hours of searching, the DEUS gave a jumpy signal, it was 44-70 on the display. I started digging, and ended up looking at something I have never seen before. I took it over to my friends, who were happy to tell me what it was: My first ever gold Bracteate!

A Brakteate is a small, round, richly decorated piece of Gold jewellery from the migration period 400-570 AD. The Brakteates from the migration period are originally imitations of Roman medallions from the 300 AD. They are decorated with human and animal figures.  Altogether, only about 900 Gold Brakteates have been found. They are rarely found outside the Nordic countries and are most common in southern Scandinavia, but Brakteats have also been found in Germany, the Netherlands and England.

Metal detector Gold from Norway

These finds now belong to the Norwegian people and are protected by national law. They have been turned over to the county conservator for conservation and further study.
I am very happy to have contributed to uncover a part of our history with my XP DEUS.

Photo’s courtesy of : Fylkeskonservatoren i Vest Agder

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