Queen of Sweden
An 8-year-old girl found a pre-Viking-era sword in Lake Vidostern, around 250 miles south of Stockholm, while swimming with her family over the summer holiday. Saga Vanecek originally thought she had “found some kind of stick” before realising that the item had a handle. Her family brought the mysterious object to Jonkoping County Museum, which confirmed that it was a sword, which could be up to 1,500 years old. The 85cm long relic has been described as “exceptionally well-preserved with swordskin in wood and leather.” Following this find, the museum carried out further excavations at the site in September, finding a brooch from the 3rd Century. Locals and friends have joked that Saga’s discovery makes her the ‘Queen of Sweden’, drawing parallels with Excalibur. era epoch, period / sword weapon with a long thin blade / mile = 1.609 km / stick straight piece of wood, baton / item article, object / handle grip / swordskin here, sheath, close fitting cover / leather (made of) animal skins / find discovery / excavation dig, archaeological work / brooch decorative pin worn on clothing / local inhabitant, resident / to joke to say amusingly / to draw, drew, drawn parallels with to liken to, compare to.