A rare Viking Age ring accidentally caught a girl while ordering online

(ORDO NEWS) — For sure, every person has made at least one order in the online store. However, not everyone is as lucky as a girl from Norway: in addition to simple and cheap jewelry, she got real archaeological wealth.

Be careful when ordering on the Internet: they may send you something completely different from what you paid for

Young Norwegian girl Marie Ingelin Heskestad made the easiest online order on the famous site eBay. She collected the necessary amount of (cheap) costume jewelry for her needs, paid for the purchase and waited – but definitely did not expect an archaeological find.

So, a girl from Norway received a special ring – “It was downright heavy and shiny.”

When Heskestad approached the cultural heritage department of Westland County, the mayor confirmed Heskestad’s hunch: the ring was not cheap costume jewelry at all.

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It turned out that the ring that accidentally fell into the hands of the girl was completely cast in gold. It is dated to the Viking Age.

County officials noted that the ring weighed nearly 11 grams and was believed to have belonged to a high-ranking and influential man.

The conclusion is argued by the fact that gold was a rarity in the Viking Age, so it was intended for the richest people.

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How the archaeological property got to the online auction is unclear. So far, the ring has been brought to the University Museum in Bergen, where the public will be able to see the Internet find in the fall of 2022.

Marie Heskestad was thanked by the officials. “That’s exactly how the reaction should be when a citizen finds something that may have historical value,” said Sigrun Velstad, senior county councilor.

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