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Hunters Find 1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword in Iceland

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This artifact may date back to the tenth century!

Everyone’s found something interesting while hunting, but we’re willing to bet you’ve never found something this cool. Some hunters who were looking for geese in Iceland found a 1,000-year-old Viking sword instead!

The five men who made this amazing discovery were hunting in southern Iceland, near Skaftarhreppur.

“It was just lying there, waiting to be picked up – it was obvious and just lying the on the ground,” Runar Stanley Sighvatsson, one of the hunters, told reporters.

I know what you’re thinking. No, the sword most likely wasn’t sitting out in the open for the last ten centuries. It is believed to have washed up during recent flooding in the area.  Right now, researchers believe the sword was originally buried in a pagan grave.

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Iceland’s Cultural Heritage Agency caught wind of the discovery when one of the hunters, Arni Bjorn Valdimarsson, posted a photo of the amazing find to Facebook. The hunters later turned the artifact over to the agency.

To put this rare find into perspective, the BBC reports that only 20 swords of a similar age have ever been discovered in Iceland. Obviously, the Iceland Cultural Heritage Agency is keeping the exact location of the find under wraps for now, hoping to explore and find some more viking artifacts in the area.

In case you’re wondering, the hunters didn’t bag a single goose that day, but after making a discovery like this, I doubt they cared!

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Hunters Find 1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword in Iceland