[Fwd: Worlds biggest silver hoard! & Viking News]
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Subject: Worlds biggest silver hoard!
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 17:11:59 UT
From: Dan Carlsson <info@...>
Dear Viking friends,
As you might know, a few years ago, the worlds biggest silver hoard ever
found came to light in northern Gotland, Sweden. Or, actually, there
were two hoards just 3 metres apart. And interesting enough, there was
even a bronze hoard of some 20 kilos of bronze artefacts, mainly from
the Baltic states and Russia.
The two silver hoard weighted some 67 kilos together. They consisted of
some 14 200 coins (Arabic coins mainly from 9th century plus some coins
from Greece), some 400 arm rings of a typical Gotlandic style and some
broken pieces of jewellery. The hoards were found in a house from Viking
In all, there are some 700 silver hoards found on this tiny island, and
that is about 2/3 of all hoards from Sweden. Almost every farm on
Gotland has a silver hoard, and we are more an more convinced that every
farm in the Viking Age had at least one hoard, probably several from
different times. Sometimes it looks as if every generation at the farm
had its own silver hoard.
The hoards are almost always situated inside houses, just under the
floor, or at the floor in a box or something like that, and silver was
used in the daily life at markets etc. Remember, they didn't go for the
value of the coin, but for the value of the silver. That is why they
always used balance scales and weights, things that we always find in
The reasons behind the huge amount of silver have been very much
debated, but today, we are pretty sure it is the result of a well done
There is of course very much more to say about these silver hoards from
our tiny island. But for your amusement, please have a look at some
photos from the excavation of the hoards at;
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Subject: Viking News
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 14:38:18 UT
From: Dan Carlsson <info@...>
Dear Viking Friends,
So, into a new year! Still winter up here in the north (Sweden), but the
days are a bit longer every day that passes. Really looking forward when
the snow is gone and you once again will be able to visit the landscape
of Gotland, and the traces of Viking History.
We have now, finally, finished the excavation at the Viking Age port of
trade at Fröjel, Gotland, at least for the moment being
(http://www.hgo.se/frojel/). I have decieded that now is the time to
start writting about all what we have been excavating during the last 10
years or more. It will probably take me some years to have it all done,
but I finally decieded that now is the tíme.
The first part of publication will be about some hundred graves that we
have been excavating. I will have the book in English, and I will put a
lot of effort at displaying by photos and drawings about the artifacts,
and how they were used. I hope to be able to have it finished towards
the end of this year.
At the moment, I am writting a guidebook about Gotland Viking Island. It
will be a Swedish version hopefully ready for coming summer, and an
English version towards the end of the year.
About Frojel, there is a fascinating study carried out by two
researchers about a work shop, and they have found out that there has
been a skillful work of silver (you can download the article here
In the meantime, waiting for the results of our studies, you can always
buy the new and interesting guide book about Viking Heritage around the
Baltic Sea (Book B11 at; http://www.arkeodok.com/Books.html).