Hiker stumbles upon 1,200-year-old Viking sword while walking an ancient trail in Norway

From Ancient Origins: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/hiker-stumbles-upon-1200-year-old-viking-sword-while-walking-ancient-trail-020584

April Holloway
24 October, 2015

A hiker in Norway has discovered an ancient sword while walking an ancient route in the mountains of Haukeli.  The well-preserved sword has been dated to the 8th century and is typical of a sword belonging to the Viking Age.

The discovery was announced by Hordaland County Council, which described the weapon as a double-edged sword that is 30 inches (77 centimeters) long and made of wrought iron. Although in good condition, the sword is missing its handle. It is believed to date back to around 750 AD.

The sword was found by hiker Goran Olsen while walking on an old route that runs between western and eastern Norway. Olsen had stopped for a rest, when he spotted the weapon underneath some rocks.

County Conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd said that the sword had been preserved by the frost and snow that covers the area for at least 6 months of the year.

“It’s quite unusual to find remnants from the Viking age that are so well preserved … it might be used today if you sharpened the edge,” Ekerhovd told CNN.  “We are really happy that this person found the sword and gave it to us. It will shed light on our early history. It’s a very (important) example of the Viking age.”

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