Girl pulls ancient sword from Swedish lake
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.
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.