discussing the talisman of harold Bluetooth

Harold Bluetooth’s Alleged Talisman Was Cast

The peculiar gold-plaque allegedly found in Poland near Wolin with an inscription about Harold Bluetooth has undergone metallurgical studies

Recently a strange golden object with an inscription about the Danish Viking King, Harold Bluetooth, resurfaced from an old box brought from Poland in the aftermath of WW2.

Disk with cross side © Sven Rosborn
“Harold Bluetooth” Disk with cross side © Sven Rosborn

Whether authentic or not, the object is in itself decidedly odd and would – even if fake – raise a number of questions. These have been carefully considered in a 12-page long essay in Swedish by the archaeologist, Sven Rosborn, which have been commented upon here

Recently research into the metallurgic composition of the gold-plaque was conducted on the 18.06.2015 in Lund. The preliminary results were these:

  • The plaque is solid, made of 89 – 92% gold
  • There are a lot of bubbles, which indicate the use of a primitive casting technique
  • The gold is not very well mixed with the other metals – silver, copper, tin etc. This might also indicate the plaque was produced under “primitive” circumstances.

A scientific group is currently being created in order to further research into the peculiar “find” and its context. So far Polish contacts have discovered slight signs of what might – perhaps – be a Viking Ringfortress in the landscape 2000 meters from the Medieval church, where the plaque was allegedly found

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A presentation of the metallurgical analysis may be found here

A link to Google map may be found here

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Read the story behind the find and some reflections about its alleged authenticity

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SCientists and archaeologists discussing the find at Lund University

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Registrum Gregorii with the Emperor Otto The great showing off the four parts of his realm ca. 985
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