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At first, the Kruze family thought they were just toys their kids had been given. In among the usual clutter which small boys like to brandish were a strange necklace with a dragon motif, and an enigmatic medallion.
It was only when an ancient-looking brooch appeared in the toybox mix that the Kruzes decided to do some research.
It turned out that twins Arthur and Teodor, aged five, and their cousin Jesper, also five, had not been playing with tat but with 1,200-year-old Viking treasure unearthed in the back garden. "After we checked on the internet, we realised that it was not something from H&M," said Marita Kruze, mother of the twins.
The playmates found the treasures at the foot of a tree in the garden as they were rooting around below their treehouse. The discovery in Troms?, a town 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is exciting archaeologists, who believe it may shed light on Viking movements and settlements. "Never before has Viking jewellery of this kind been found in northern Norway," said one local archaeologist, Inger Storli. "In particular, the necklace with the dragon heads and the medallion are very special," she told the Nordlys newspaper.
Archaeologists have now found further artefacts - a silver cross, more jewellery, screws and nails.
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