All Hail Queen Saga, the First of Her Name! by Adam L Silverman| October 4, 201811:23 pm| 62 CommentsThis post is in: I'm With Her, Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmail Eight-year-old Swedish girl pulls Viking era sword from lake https://t.co/kWMkiMWR9C pic.twitter.com/nooQbc91wT — The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) October 4, 2018 From The Local Sweden: UPDATED: An eight-year-old Swedish-American girl came across an exciting find swimming at her local lake, when she pulled an ancient sword from its depths. “It’s not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!” Mikael Nordström from Jönköpings Läns Museum said when explaining the significance of the find. But that’s exactly what happened to Saga Vanecek, who found the relic at the Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland earlier this summer. “I was outside in the water, throwing sticks and stones and stuff to see how far they skip, and then I found some kind of stick,” Saga told The Local. “I picked it up and was going to drop it back in the water, but it had a handle, and I saw that it was a little bit pointy at the end and all rusty. 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 continued. 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, explainig: “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.” Obligatory! Open thread!