More Viking treasure discovered on Gotland

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More Viking treasure discovered on Gotland

A Viking treasure trove found by two brothers on Gotland last year is larger than originally believed, archaeologists say.


A press conference due to have been held on Tuesday at the site on the Swedish Baltic Sea island have been put off, after further discoveries demanded more attention from investigators. Swedish Radio Gotland reports that stone constructions have been found at the site.

"From an archaeological standpoint, this is more complicated than we believed. We haven't really got a grip of this site yet," said Majvor Östergren, head of Gotland's archaeological services.

Brothers Edvin and Arvid Svanborg made the finds last October when they were clearing bushes for a neighbour. In the ground they found a hoard of silver weighing nearly three kilos. The treasure, mainly consisting of 1,000 silver coins from the Arab world and armbands from the early Viking period in around 900 AD, was one of the 25 largest finds ever made on Gotland, one of Sweden's most historic regions.

The brothers are expected to get a reward for their discovery, but it is so far not known how much this will be. Östergren says that the coins and other discoveries are likely to be placed in the National History Museum in Stockholm, although no formal decision has yet been made.


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