Girl Pulls 1,500-Year-Old Sword from Lake

According to English folklore, Saga Vanecek might now be a queen or else a magical being who can confer royalty on another. Monty Python would beg to differ.  

Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!

Either way, eight-year-old Swedish-American Vanecek has quite a story to tell. She found an ancient sword in Sweden's Lake Vidöstern as her family was vacationing there. The sword is now in the custody of the local museum.

It was initially reported that the sword was at least 1,000 years old, but the museum later contacted The Local to clarify that they believe it may be even older, estimated to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD, pre-Viking Age. The find has prompted huge interest from archaeologists and historians.

"It's about 85 centimentres long, and there is also preserved wood and metal around it," explained Mikael Nordström from the museum. "We are very keen to see the conservation staff do their work and see more of the details of the sword."

Anyone hoping to see the sword will have to wait at least a year, Nordström told The Local, explaining: "The conservation process takes quite a long time because it's a complicated environment with wood and leather, so they have several steps to make sure it's preserved for the future."

A search for more ancient relics is going on at the lake. Read the story at The Local.

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