Archaeologists found many necklaces, bracelets and coins at Viggbyholm, Taby city, Greater Stockholm, Sweden, Ancient Origins reported on December 3. Through previous excavations, they knew there was a Viking village here. However, the new findings were beyond all expectations.
scientists found traces of a farm more than 1,000 years old at Taby. This summer and fall, they continued to research the site and found the remains of about 20 houses from the late Iron Age and tatkuink early Middle Ages. Ancient people may have lived here for several centuries.
During the excavation of a house, the team of experts also discovered a jar containing 8 silver necklaces, bracelets and many coins from different countries.
Archaeologists rarely find such intact items as this silver treasure, not to mention they are still in a house. "Arriving at one location, the metal detector received a very strong signal and we knew that an interesting discovery was ahead," said archaeologist Magnus Lindberg.
Some coins come from far away
Which is evidence of Taby's trade and communication with other parts of the world during the Viking era. There are five Arab silver coins called dirhemes and several European silver coins, one of which originates from the skull clothing city of Rouen in Normandy, France. The French coin is a very unique find, possibly dating back to the 900s and having only appeared on two older paintings, according to professor Jens Christian Moesgaard at Stockholm University.
In many cases, the reason the ancients buried such silver jars or valuables was to hide their possessions when something went wrong. However, this is not necessarily true of the silver jar at Taby, according to archaeologist John Hamilton. Lindberg also said that the silver jar was first buried in the 11th century, but there are traces of it being dug up.