8-Year-Old Girl Discovers Pre-Viking-Era Sword in Lake in Sweden

While swimming on her summer vacation, an eight-year-old girl wrested what she thought was a stick from a lake in Sweden. Instead, it turned out she had discovered a pre-Viking-era sword that archaeologists believe is over 1,000 years old.

“It’s not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!” Mikael Nordström from the Jönköpings Läns Museum told Swedish outlet The Local.

According to the arts and cultural museum, the sword, which has preserved metal and wood around it, is about 33 inches long and believed to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD.

“We are very keen to see the conservation staff do their work and see more of the details of the sword,” said Nordström.

Saga Vanecek was at her family’s summer home in Sweden when she pulled the ancient sword from the Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, southern Sweden earlier this summer. The family contacted authorities to report the startling find.

The sword’s discovery was not made public until this week, as museum officials said they worried too many people would rush to the lake.

Due to a drought, the water at the Vidöstern lake was reportedly especially low this year, which may have helped Saga’s sighting of the artifact.

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SOURCE: TIME, Casey Quackenbush