Girl from Minneapolis discovers pre-Viking era sword in Swedish lake

Clay Curtis
October 7, 2018

They were not sure how or why the weapon ended up in the lake, but the Jonkoping County Museum and other organisations plan to investigate the area soon.

The museum has said it does not know why the sword was in the water but further investigation of the lake resulted in "further prehistoric findings", including a costume which dates to 300 AD.

The 85-centimetre sword was found in a sheath made from wood and leather, and originally thought to be around 1,000 years old.

Saga's father showed the object to friends and a colleague, who convinced him that it could be an authentic sword. "I FOUND A SWORD!'" her dad, Andy Vanecek, said in a Wednesday Facebook post, adding it's the "first sword of its kind to ever be found in Scandinavia". However, experts at a local museum now believe the sword to be 1,500 years old.

"I held it up in the air and I said 'Daddy, I found a sword!' When he saw that it bent and was rusty, he came running up and took it", she said.

The lake was experiencing low levels in the summer, which likely led to Vanecek's discovery.

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Some have also started calling her the new "Queen of Sweden". "Was a wealthy noble buried in the lake, as from a scene in Game of Thrones?".

This brooch was found when the site was searched. "The mystery will forever be known only to Lake Vidosten", Vanecek mused.

"The cool thing is that I'm a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, and this looks just like a Viking sword!" said Saga, who grew up in Minneapolis, and moved to Sweden a year ago with her family.

Nordstrom said archaeologists are trying to understand why the items were there.

"We are just happy it's going to be in a museum today and might even say Saga's name by it", said Andy.

Preparing the sword for conservation will take a long time, he said, partly because wood and leather are involved. "At first we thought it could be graves situated nearby the lake, but we don't think that any more".

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