Well, this just might be the coolest story ever.
According to Inside Edition, an 8-year-old Swedish-American girl made an incredible discovery while swimming in a lake earlier this summer.
Seemingly taking a page out of medieval literature, little Saga Vanecek pulled an ancient sword from the water.
Saga was visiting Vidöstern Lake with her family near their home in southern Sweden in July when she made the discovery, telling the Local:
“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. 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.”
Thrillist reports that the family then took the sword to a neighbor with an archaeology background. He recognized that it was a “legitimate find,” and they took it to the authorities at the Jönköpings Läns Museum. Experts think the likely pre-Viking era sword, 85 cm long, can be dated back as far as the 5th or 6th century AD, making it around 1,500 years old. They believe Saga was able to find the sword because the water level was significantly lower at the time due to a drought.
“Why it has come to be there, we don’t know,” a rep from the museum said. “When we searched a couple of weeks ago, we found another prehistoric object; a brooch from around the same period as the sword, so that means — we don’t know yet — but perhaps it’s a place of sacrifice.”
People are now even jokingly calling Saga the queen of Sweden, referencing King Arthur, who, according to some legends, was made ruler after pulling a sword from a stone.
The Vanecek family is originally from Minneapolis but moved to Sweden in 2017, according to Saga’s dad Andy. We can’t imagine he expected anything like this to happen when they made the move!
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