An Eight-year-old woman in Sweden over the summer time unintentionally found a Viking sword estimated to be 1,500 years outdated, Minnesota Public Radio reported on Thursday.
Saga Vanecek, a former resident of Minneapolis, was skipping stones in a lake in Southern Sweden when she found the sword in “muddy clay,” her father, Andy Vanecek wrote in a Fb submit.
“[S]he picked up one thing that I assumed was a stick and held it up as Pippi Longstocking,” he mentioned.
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The Vanecek’s contacted an archaeologist the following day to examine the sword. The archaeologist decided it was from the Iron Age, or roughly 1,500 years outdated, Andy Vanecek wrote. He mentioned the sword is the primary of “its type ever to be present in Scandinavia.”
Andy Vanecek mentioned the household withheld their July discovery from the press as a result of they have been “afraid that if this discover would go public too quickly, there could be lots of people there, maybe destroying our risk to search out issues later.”
The invention was first reported on Wednesday, which introduced museum researchers to the realm for inspection. Mikael Nordström who works on the Jönköping County museum in Jönköping, Sweden, mentioned his group found “one other prehistoric object; a brooch from across the identical interval because the sword.”
He speculated the realm may have been a “place of sacrifice.”
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One other museum employees found a coin estimated to be from the 18th century on Wednesday, MPR reported. No different artifacts have been discovered.
Based on MPR, the Vanecek’s moved from Minneapolis to Sweden in 2017 to be nearer to the maternal facet of the household.
“The cool factor is that I’m an enormous Minnesota Vikings fan, and this appears identical to a Viking sword,” Andy Vanecek advised reporters.