Back in 2015, a local farmer located a piece of silver jewelry along the coast of Sylt, located in the North Sea. Upon retrieval, the farmer’s family relinquished the piece of jewelry unto their family doctor, who was able to confer with local archaeologists. The area had been determined, and a continued dig had commenced.
It was confirmed that the silver jewelry artifact was dated for the tenth century. Over one-hundred and eighty pieces of jewelry were recovered from the island, coming in at a total weight of one kilogram. Ingots, as well as coins, were also found, as well as bracelets, finger ringers, and one neck ring.
Given the past associated with Vikings, it’s not completely out of the question that they would have plundered loot from various sources, and carried it with them across the North Sea. A rough translation of old English puts “pirate” and “Viking” in the same light, as well.
Claus von Camap-Bornheim, head of the state archaeologists’ office, had the following to say: “This is one of the largest ever silver treasure troves from Schleswig-Holstein.” There’s no telling what the rest of the island of Sylt holds. Excavations are underway. It is significant in understand the last millennium of our global history.
In the future, these finds shall be showcased in a permanent exhibition at the State Archaeological Museum, centrally located within the city limits of Schleswig. It is not confirmed at this time if this exhibition will be available for daily view from the public, or if they shall remain event exclusive.