8 Year Old Minnesotan Accidentally Finds 1,000 Year Old Viking Sword

posted by Keri and Greg - 

An 8-year-old girl skipping rocks at a lake in Sweden earlier this summer made a remarkable discovery.

While playing in Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland, Saga Vanecek stumbled upon what she thought was 'some kind of stick' – but, it turned out to be a sword dating back more than 1,000 years to the pre-Viking era.

Experts are now working to preserve the delicate relic before it's eventually put on display at the Jönköpings Läns Museum.

Though Vanecek found the sword months ago, the news was kept under wraps until this week to give researchers time to scour the area for any other artifacts that could be nearby, and in doing this, they found an ancient brooch from the same time period, as well as an 18th century coin.

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