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Girl formerly of Minneapolis pulls 1,500-year-old Iron Age sword from Swedish lake


An 8-year-old girl formerly of Minneapolis pulled a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden, which basically the most Minnesotan thing we've ever heard.

The spectacular discovery was made by Saga Vanecek, who pulled the Iron Age sword out of Lake Vidösten in Sweden while skipping stones.

The 8-year-old was until last year a resident of Minneapolis, before her family – who are huge Minnesota Vikings fans – moved to Sweden to be closer to her mother's family.

They clearly still keep a piece of Minnesota in their hearts though, her dad Andy gave an interview to a Swedish newspaper while wearing a Minnesota Wild hat.

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She found the sword in July in half-a-meter of water, but it's only just been verified by the Jönköpings läns museum, which said it could be anything from 1,000 to 1,500 years old.

This could mean it was a Viking sword, but it could potentially even date to the pre-Viking era.

"We do not know why the sword once got into the water, but when we investigated the site in September together with the county administrative board, further prehistoric findings were made, including a costume from the 300th century AD," the museum said.

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On Facebook on Wednesday, Andy Vanecek said his daughter made the discovery just minutes before the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia.

"She picked up the object, lifted it high above her head, and shouted as if she was Pippi Longstocking, 'DADDY! I FOUND A SWORD!'"

According to a press release, the fragile sword bent as she lifted it over her head, at which point her dad realized what it was.

“The cool thing is that I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, and this looks just like a Viking sword!” Andy Vanecek said.

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