Close-Up Of Sword On Wall. An eight-year-old in Sweden recently discovered a 1,500-year-old sword at the bottom of a lake. (Photo by Alexandar Kling/EyeEm/Getty Images)

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An Eight-Year-Old in Sweden Just Uncovered a 1,500-Year-Old Sword

Saga Vanecek found the pre-Viking weapon at the bottom of a lake.

An eight-year-old made an usual discovery while swimming in the Videostern lake in Sweden’s Jonkoping County this summer: a 1,500-year-old sword. Saga Vanecek was on summer vacation with her family when she made the archaeological discovery of a lifetime, a weapon that dates back to the pre-Viking era. Though the item was originally believed to be just 1 millennium old, experts recently announced that the sword is actually much older.

“I felt something in the water and lifted it up,” Saga told Sveriges Radio. “Then there was a handle and I went to tell my dad that it looked like a sword,” she continued. A drought had brought low waters to the lake, allowing Saga to excavate the major find.

A Jonkoping county museum is continuing to search the bottom of the lake, and it has already recovered a 3rd Century brooch.

Read the full story at BBC