An Eight-Year-Old Girl Found A Sword From The Viking Era In A Swedish Lake

Image: Andrew Vanecek via Revolver
Image: Andrew Vanecek via Revolver

On July 15, 2018, the Vanacek family were enjoying a vacation at their holiday home in Tånnö, southern Sweden. The region had suffered a drought, and the water levels at the nearby Vidöstern lake were lower than usual. Not that this bothered eight-year-old Saga, who was swimming in it anyway.

Image: Kevin Poh
Image: Kevin Poh

Incredible discoveries often happen when you least expect them. For instance, China’s Terracotta Warriors were discovered by a farmer during excavations for a well. The Dead Sea Scrolls, meanwhile, were only found when a shepherd accidentally fell into a cave they had been hidden in. It seems that fate and history often conspire against unwitting participants.

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