Queen of Swe­den

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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.

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