An eight-year-old girl has been dubbed as 'Queen of Sweden' after she found a pre-Viking-era sword in a Swedish lake. Saga Vanecek found the ancient sword while playing in Vidostern lake near her family's holiday home. According to experts at a local museum, the sword could be around 1,500 years old.
As the story spread, locals jokingly compared her to 'Queen of Sweden' as according to a story, King Arthur was given a divine right to rule after being handed the sword by the Lady of the Lake. Livingston, Texas Mayor Kills 12-Foot Alligator Suspected of Eating Her Horse (See Pictures)
In a Facebook post, Saga's father Andy Vanecek wrote, "Estimated to be about 1500 years old, complete with its scabbard (sheath) made of wood and leather, it is the first sword of its kind to ever be found in Scandinavia!"
Here is the Facebook post:
Vanecek told The Local, a Swedish news website, "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. 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."
She continued, "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." As per Mikael Nordström, an expert from the Jonkopings Lans Museum, the sword was "about centimetres long, and there is also preserved wood and metal around it."
After the find, archaeologists searched the lake and found a prehistoric brooch which belongs to the same era as the sword. While experts earlier thought it to be a grave site, it is now believed to be a place of sacrifice.