The saga told The Local that during a hike with her father named Andrew she stood on the shore and threw stones and sticks into the lake to see how much they would bounce off. The next “stick”, which the girl took, turned out to be a hilt and a pointed end – it was a rusty sword. He lay for a long time at the bottom of the lake, but because of the drought, the water level dropped dramatically.
At first, Andrew Vanechek did not attach importance to the find, deciding that it was just a toy. But then he showed the sword to a friend who is interested in history: he called the weapon “relic” and advised to carry it to the museum. Swedish experts estimated the age of the sword at a thousand years, but then corrected the data. According to them, the sword was forged in the fifth or sixth century AD, even before the Viking Age.
Scientists have asked the Saga family not to tell about the discovery before all the examinations. For the first time, the girl was able to share the story with her friends only on 4 October. In a conversation with journalists, she noted that after the incident she did not want to become an archaeologist – her career as a doctor or actress is closer to her.
This is so cool, I’m a fan of the Minnesota Vikings American football team (the Vanecek family moved to Sweden from Minnesota -) , and now I have found a sword like a Viking!
CNN joked that Saga Vanecek can now be called the “Queen of Sweden”. This is a reference to the legend of King Arthur – he received the legendary Excalibur sword from the Lady of the Lake.
A few years ago , a sword of a Viking era was found in almost the same funny situation in Norway . The traveler settled on a halt and accidentally saw a single-edged sword made around 750–800.