Thieves steal Viking treasure from archaeological site

Published on November 4th, 2009 | by Admin


500 Viking-era silver artifacts have been stolen from an archaeological site on the Baltic island of Gotland.

Two archaeologists employed by Gotland county were dismayed to discover the valuables had vanished when they arrived at a field in Alva in Gotland to follow up on a recent find.

“It’s just as saddening every time it happens because it’s our heritage that disappears,” said Majvor Östergren at the Gotland County Administrative Board.

The methodical thieves dug some 250 holes in a bid to secure as much booty as possible. Östergren estimated that the impostors had made off with 500 silver pieces worth a combined total of 250,000 to 500,000 kronor ($35,000 to $70,000).

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2 Responses to Thieves steal Viking treasure from archaeological site

  1. This is so sad. Looting is an issue that doesn’t just affect the ailing museums of Iraq – widespread looting is rife in Bulgaria, Britain and the US among other illustrious nations. Check out the looting issues facing today’s antiquities at Heritage Key.

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