this discovery. Swedish archaeologists have pulled more than a thousand 17th-century silver coins out of a field in Scania.
With the help of metal detectors and spades, archaeologists in Helsingborg pulled up a total of 1,150 silver coins - what they consider to be a record haul for the area. . . . “There are 70 or so such treasures that were buried in Skåne during the Scanian War. Most are not as big as this one. The usual interpretation is that it was rich farmers who buried them during the war, then died, and couldn’t dig them up again,” said archaeologist Kennet Stark, who was also on the scene.Seventy treasures. Seventy family fortunes lost. Seventy households wrecked, scattered, and impoverished. From a war hardly anyone has heard of, that was not about much of anything in particular.