New Migration Period Hoard

A few weeks ago my friend Tobias Bondesson and his fellow amateur detectorists Iohannes M. Sundberg and Tommy Olesen found a 3.5 kg silver and gold hoard from the 5th century AD near Roskilde in Denmark. They reported their find to the town museum, the hoard was lifted by experts and excavations are ongoing. This closed find, consisting of ~1500 pieces of metal and the pot in which they were buried, is of immense value to archaeology and numismatics thanks to the snapshot of coeval objects it gives us. This not just bullion: many of the objects are typologically distinct. I’d love to help identify all the bits!

Congratulations guys! My hat is off to you! As Tobias comments: this shows that the Danish system, where professional archaeologists treat honest detectorists with respect and invite them to collaborate, works.


  1. #1 Tobias
    September 18, 2012

    It is always a rewarding experience to deal with Danish museums: They appreciate what we do and we are more than happy to help them locating the pieces that make up the jigsaw puzzle of Danish prehistory. To be a part of finding this hoard was truly fantastic and I hope I will be fortunate enough to be able to contribute with additional interesting discoveries in the years to come.

  2. #2 Flemming Nielsen
    September 18, 2012

    Sure you will Tobias.. You are now officially member of a little exclusive club.. Soon it will be my turn !
    I havent had much time the last couple of years, but now i WILL take the time.. And once again, congratulations to three hard working mens 😉

  3. #3 Anders S
    September 19, 2012

    Way to go… I hope for similar results in Rogaland in the future.

  4. #4 John Kvanli
    Stavanger, Norway
    September 19, 2012

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  5. #5 Birger Johansson
    September 19, 2012

    Good work!. I hope it will be possible to make replicas for public display (gold items should not be too accessible).

  6. #6 Tobias
    September 19, 2012

    @Birger: The plan is for the entire hoard to be displayed in Roskilde Museum.

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