Boy unearths legendary king Bluetooth's trove who brought Christianity to Denmark

Teen Stumbles on Treasure Tied to King Bluetooth

Teen Stumbles on Treasure Tied to King Bluetooth

Bluetooth technology received its name after a developer read a historical novel about the 10th century king and felt that the technology unites communications protocols much in the same way as the king united Denmark's disparate tribes during his reign.

Back in January, Luca Malaschnitschenko, a 13-year-old schoolboy, amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist, was exploring a field together with a companion, when he found a piece of metal. The amateur archaeological sleuth and his teenage student joined a team of professionals to dig up an area covering 400 sq meters (4,300 sq ft) over the weekend.

In the 980s he fled to Pomerania, now in north Germany, after losing a big sea battle against forces loyal to his son Sweyn Forkbeard.

Harald Bluetooth. "This treasure is the largest single find of Bluetooth coins in the southern Baltic Sea area and thus of outstanding importance", said excavation leader Michael Schirren of the German State Office for Culture and Historic Preservation.

Parts of the silver treasure are pictured on a table in Schaprode, northern Germany on April 13, 2018.

The king was immortalised by Nordic technology firms when they embedded their wireless "Bluetooth" technology in digital gadgets.

After converting to Christianity in 950, he set up bishoprics in Denmark, consolidated his kingdom with forts and seized some territory in Norway and north Germany. The oldest coin, a Damascus dirham, dates to 714 CE, and the newest is a penny from 983 CE.

More than 100 of the 600 coins are believed to have been minted in Bluetooth's kingdom.