Girl pulls an­cient sword from Swedish lake

The Progress-Index Weekend - - AMUSEMENTS -

COPEN­HAGEN, Den­mark — Her name con­jures up Old Nordic tales about heroic ac­com­plish­ments, and that’s ex­actly what Saga did this sum­mer when she stum­bled on a pre-Vik­ing-era sword in a south­ern Swe­den lake.

Saga Vanecek, 8, was help­ing her fa­ther with his boat in the Vi­dostern lake when she stepped on a 34-inch sword in a scab­bard made of wood and leather. The sword is be­lieved to be about 1,500 years old.

Mikael Nord­strom of the lo­cal Jonkop­ing County mu­seum said Fri­day that the lit­tle girl’s find prompted oth­ers to seek out long-lost trea­sures in a lake that had been di­min­ished by drought.

A brooch from be­tween 300 and 400 A.D. was even­tu­ally found.

Nord­strom said ar­chae­ol­o­gists are try­ing to un­der­stand why the items were there. One sug­ges­tion is that they were put in the lake for sac­ri­fi­cial pur­poses.

[AN­NIE ROSEN/JONKOP­INGS LANS MU­SEUM VIA AP]

This photo taken in July 2018 and re­leased by the Jonkop­ings Lans Mu­seum on Fri­day shows a pre-Vik­ing-era sword found in a nearby lake by an 8-year-old girl.

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