Gold Viking ring unexpectedly found in stash of ‘cheap jewelry’ from online auction

A large, gold Viking ring crafted from twisted metal strands turned up in a very

A large, gold Viking ring crafted from twisted metal strands turned up in a very unexpected place: a heap of cheap jewelry a woman in Norway purchased at an online auction. Archaeologists think the ring may be more than 1,000 years old and once belonged to a powerful Viking chief. 

Mari Ingelin Heskestad, who lives in western Norway, told the Bergensavisen (opens in new tab), a daily newspaper in Bergen, that she’d found the gold ring among several pieces of cheap jewelry and trinkets that were being auctioned together online.