1,000-year-old Viking Toolbox Discovered

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December 3, 2016

Danish archaeologists have opened a toolbox for the first time in 1,000 years.

The dig team, from the Danish Castle Center in Vordingborg, found the tools in a gatehouse at Borgring, a ring-shaped fortress on Zealand, the country's most populated island. The 14 iron tools were originally in a wooden chest, but the wood has nearly disintegrated. The gatehouse itself collapsed in the 10th Century.

The tools are heavily rusted, but archaeologists have been able to discern that they found large drills used to carve holes in timber, a set of pliers, a kind of nail used to join wooden planks, an iron draw plate, and several chain links that are attached to an iron ring. The working theory is that a craftsman had his workroom inside the gatehouse.

A team of amateur archaeologists using a metal detector near the eastern gate of the fortess first found the tools. Not long after, the team from the Danish Castle Center arrived. The scientists have preserved the tools as much as possible, while also doing CT scans and X-ray scans, and have said that the tools will eventually be on display in an exhibition.

The Borgring fortress is thought to have been built at the instruction of Harald "Bluetooth" Blåtand, a famous king who ruled both Denmark and Norway who was known for peaceable negotiations; his legacy was an inspiration for the name of the telecommunication standard Bluetooth.

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