Paul Horner passed along this story of a chance find of a gold necklace in Norway. Thanks.
The cache comprised nine Norwegian gold medallions and gold pearls that once formed an opulent necklace, as well as three gold rings.
Archaeologists say the find is unique because of the design on the medallions -- a type of horse from Norse mythology.
Bore, who dreamt of becoming an archaeologist as a child, made the discovery on a farmer's land near Stavanger in August after he bought a metal detector on his doctors' recommendations to get more exercise.
The jewels, which weigh a little more than 100 grammes, were discovered to date from around 500 AD.
"It's the gold find of the century in Norway," said Ole Madsen, the head of the University of Stavanger's Museum of Archaeology.
"To find that much gold all at once is extremely unusual."
A reconstruction of the necklace Bore found, featuring a horse from Norse mythology
To read the complete article, see:
Amateur makes 'gold find of the century' in Norway
Thanks also to Arthur Shippee and Dick Hanscom for passing along other versions of the article. Dick's Daily Mail piece has some great photos.
To read the other articles, see:
Man buys a metal detector for fun and makes the ‘gold find of the century' in Norway
A Norwegian man needed a hobby. His new metal detector found a showy 1,500-year-old gold necklace
Amateur makes 'gold find of the century' in a farmer's field after buying a metal detector because his doctor told him to get more exercise
Wayne Homren, Editor
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