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Swedish Girl Pulls Sword from Lake
News Bytes 10/5/2018 21 Comments

This eight-year-old Swedish girl’s name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments. So it seemed appropriate when Saga stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake this past summer.

Saga Vanecek was helping her father with his boat in the Vidostern lake when she stepped on a 34-inch sword in a scabbard made of wood and leather. The sword is believed to be about 1,500 years old. Water levels in the lake were low due to drought.

Mikael Nordstrom of the local Jonkoping County museum said on Friday that the little girl’s find prompted others to seek out long-lost treasures there. A brooch from between A.D. 300 to 400 was eventually found.

Nordstrom says archaeologists are trying to understand why the items were deposited there. One suggestion is possibly related to sacrificial rituals.

(Photo from Jonkopings Lans Museum via AP: This pre-Viking era sword was found in a lake in Sweden by eight-year-old Saga Vanecek as she was helping her father with his boat. It is thought to be about 1,500 years old.)

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I wonder why thy put it there

I wonder why thy put it there *first comment*


That's awesome!


that is amazing!


I was reading about Beowulf today and how he took a sword from Grendal and his mother's cave. This find is about the same time piriod, so that is really cool

hey i read that to

hey i read that too im curantly reading beowulf , thats cool that an 8 year old girl found that i mean what if some famous archeologists started searching think of what more we could find

This is cool! It says she

This is cool! It says she stepped on it!!1

thats really cool a pre

thats really cool a pre-viking sword! that really is an heirloom (-;


Woah, super cool! I wonder if she got to keep it (the sword). And Saga is such a cool name!

@Tabitha B.

I doubt that she would get to keep it, but at least she can say she found it.




That is really cool and really old


Oh my goodness that is so cool! I love it when things like that happen!
I'm gonna be reading Beowulf soon for school. I think it will be interesting.
Yes, Saga is such a pretty name!

wow thats pretty cool...

thats pretty cool, it is very interesting that it lasted that long and that when she stepped on it, it did not break! l wonder if they are making a museum for the brooch and sword!


I wonder if it might be King Arthur's sword, Exalibur. That would be interesting. But it probably isn't because that story took place in England, not Sweden.

This is super cool! But if

This is super cool! But if she stepped on it... wouldn't she have hurt her foot? Well, I suppose since its really old it wouldn't hurt her due to breaking down. Her name is very cool also!


forget sword in the stone, they found the sword of summer! (Norse myth)

Cool! I wonder if she got

Cool! I wonder if she got money for it!

What a find!!!

What an amazing discovery! I hope she did not hurt herself, it looks rusty. I love that story!





I really loved this article

I really loved this article because I love the Middle Ages, and the sword dates back to about when they started, maybe a little before. Finding something like that would be something of a dream come true for me.

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