Dental nurse turned archaeologist finds a piece of history from the 6th century

Not everybody likes to laze around on the beach and suntan or go tromping through the woods on a hike. Some people head to the beach or into the woods armed with a metal detector for a very specific purpose – to treasure hunt! Or, as they prefer to be thought of, as an amateur archaeologist. Walking around with their metal detectors waiting to hear that first beep, followed by the beeps in rapid succession, is what they live for. The thrill of the hunt, unearthing their find and presenting it to their fellow archaeologists, and if the find is big enough, that is what it is all about. A lot of the time it is simply old cans or random pieces of metal that are found, but sometimes rare artifacts can pop up which in turn share an exciting historical story. Such finds have shown up in recent years that have garnered a lot of attention. One was found in Denmark by Terese Frydensberg Refsgaard, and another was found in the US by Brad Martin in the state of Vermont. What they found told two very special stories.

Out For A Stroll

Terese was like any young person with a hobby they were passionate about, although using a metal detector to find artifacts isn’t really your typical hobby like playing soccer or watching Netflix. She would often head out on the weekend to wander up and down beaches, or on lesser used trails where Vikings had once been.

The goal was always to unearth something, but she had yet to find anything truly remarkable. However, this was about to change for her.

Day Job

While Terese spent her spare time wandering around with her metal detector, she also had a day job which she had to attend to. She spent her weekdays working as a dental assistant, cleaning teeth and working alongside the head dentist but when she wasn’t working her nine to five job, she was out hitting the beach trying to detect some lost treasures.

She had no idea that she was about to make one of the biggest finds of the decade and even with all of her experience, nothing could have prepared her for it.