Not lying in a pond

I think we may have found our new queen:

An eight-year-old found a pre-Viking-era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer.

Saga Vanecek found the relic in the Vidöstern lake while at her family’s holiday home in Jönköping County.

The sword was initially reported to be 1,000 years old, but experts at the local museum now believe it may date to around 1,500 years ago.

The lake was well below its usual level, no thanks to an ongoing drought, which may have helped the girl retrieve the weapon.

Saga’s father Andy Vanecek told the English-language website The Local he initially thought his daughter had found an unusual stick or branch in the water.

It was only after he asked a friend to take a closer look did he discover that it was likely to be an ancient relic.

The museum is now looking for more relics while the lake is still on the dry side.


  1. Dan Lovejoy »

    5 October 2018 · 11:33 am

    That’s no basis for a system of government!

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 October 2018 · 11:59 am

    Pace Churchill, we may have found a system of government that is even less the worst one than democracy is.

    (I would be tempted to root around in Lake Texoma to see if I could be made queen of anything as a result, but I’m afraid all I’d get was a brain-eating amoeba)

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