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Viking gold ring found in bundle of 'cheap jewelry'

By T.K. Randall
July 22, 2022 · Comment icon 2 comments

The ring likely belonged to a Viking chief. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Wolfmann
A woman in Norway discovered the ring mixed in with a bundle of cheap trinkets and jewelry purchased at auction.
Mari Ingelin Heskestad couldn't believe her eyes when she spotted a large gold ring among dozens of otherwise cheap necklaces, bangles, chains and other jewelry that she had purchased in an old cardboard box at an online auction.

"It was bright and gold," she told the Bergensavisen - a local newspaper in Norway.

"It looked very special, was roughly made. I reacted to it being so heavy. It glistened and stuck out among the other jewelry."

Curious to learn more about her discovery, she drove to the regional government headquarters and showed the ring to one of the archaeologists there.
It was quickly confirmed that this was in fact a Viking-era gold ring made from twisted metal strands and dating back to the late Iron Age sometime between 500-700 AD.

Because gold was very scarce in Norway at the time, the ring probably belonged to someone very important like a Viking chief and had most likely been buried with him in his grave.

It later turned out that the person who sold the bundle had bought the ring from an antique shop, however it remains unclear where it might have come from originally.



Source: Live Science | Comments (2)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
No mention of the value?  
Comment icon #2 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
They seem nice chaps to drink a pint or two with.


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