Boy’s Backyard Historical Finding

Published on October 16, 2017
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Homework Turned Into Historical Discovery1
Homework Turned Into Historical Discovery

Fourteen year old, Daniel Rom Kristiansen led a quiet life on his family’s farm in the Danish town of Birkelse. That small town calm was broken when he made international news in March 2017. Who would have though a boy from the countryside in Denmark would discover the unthinkable?

For a school project, Daniel had to research World War II. With that small history assignment in mind, this young boy had no plans for his project to be celebrated globally. He only came across this amazing find because his father, Klaus, made a joke to him. What kind of joke could lead to such an unusual find?

Fourteen year old, Daniel Rom Kristiansen led a quiet life on his family’s farm in the Danish town of Birkelse. That small town calm was broken when he made international news in March 2017. Who would have though a boy from the countryside in Denmark would discover the unthinkable?

Hey, you remember working on school projects on everything from science fair type to the intensive research projects. Daniel Rom Kristiansen was assigned a history project by his teacher. However, his teacher, parents and even Daniel himself could have ever predicted the huge sensation this project would lead to once he got started.

Without giving too much away, we will tell you that one boy’s history assignment essentially turned into a full-out excavation. What he discovered with his father in their backyard definitely earned him an A and also it didn’t hurt that he got an extra day off from school! Wow, maybe we should all take a page out of his book! If only our backyard held such treasures.

Daniel’s home of Birkelse is located in the Northern Jutland of Denmark. Kristiansen’s village is quite small. If you’re familiar with the area, it’s actually a village in western Vendsyssel.

Anyway, to say this project turned out humongous would be an understatement. I mean, even the BBC reported on his findings. The Kristiansens and the rest of the world could not believe their eyes! To think history was living right in their own yard all these years, unbeknownst to them! Who knows what you can find on a private farm when you take a fresh look!

Even the curator for the Northern Jutland’s Historical Musuem remarked that what they found was, “quite a special find.” In fact, it has to be the very first time that anyone has ever found something like this in their own yard! When it comes to WWII history, this discovery is rare and valuable to our understanding of the war.

Many would not necessarily associate a Nazi artifact with the Danish countryside. However, Germany did invade the country of Denmark early during WWII. It was April 9 of 1940 when Germany entered the nation. Despite that, it ended up being one of the shortest military operations during the war. Though, the evidence of the battles waged in Denmark from WWII are still evident, as Kristiansen and his family now know best.

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