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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 14, April 6, 2008, Article 25

SWEDES FIND VIKING-ERA ARAB COINS

[Dick Hanscomb forwarded this article on a recent hoard
find.  -Editor]

Swedish archaeologists have discovered a rare hoard of
Viking-age silver Arab coins near Stockholm's Arlanda airport.

About 470 coins were found on 1 April at an early Iron Age
burial site. They date from the 7th to 9th Century, when
Viking traders travelled widely. There has been no similar
find in that part of Sweden since the 1880s.

Most of the coins were minted in Baghdad and Damascus, but
some came from Persia and North Africa, said archaeologist
Karin Beckman-Thoor.

The Vikings travelled widely in their longships in the
Baltic region and Russia from the late 8th to the 11th
Century. They are known to have travelled as far as North
Africa and Constantinople (now Istanbul).

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