Girl, 8, pulls 1,500-year-old sword from lake in Sweden


An eight-year-old girl has pulled a pre-Viking sword from a lake in Sweden thought to be around 1,500 years old. Like something out of an Arthurian legend, Swedish-American Saga Vanecek came across the extraordinary relic on a family summer holiday in Tånnö, Småland.
Saga told The Local she was skimming stones when she came across the sword which she assumed "was some kind of stick".Saga went on to tell a local radio station: "I felt something in the water and lifted it up."Then there was a handle and I went to tell my dad that it looked like a sword."
The sword pulled from the Vidostrn lake was first thought to be around 1,000 years old but a revised estimate by an expert now dates the sword at to around 1,500 years ago. It's being kept at a local museum where experts say it is extremely well preserved. It's thought the water level was very low at the time due to droughts making it easy for Saga to find it.S he discovered the sword over summer but the news was kept secret until experts could comb the area for more finds. The investigation into the lake is still unfinished and experts say there is no telling how many treasures it may hold. The sword will eventually be put on display at the Jönköpings Läns Museum."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.