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Norwegian Hiker Finds 1,200-Year-Old Viking Sword on Fishing Trip

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This Norwegian hiker had the find of a lifetime after taking a rest from his short fishing trip.

A hiker in southern Norway sat down to rest his feet on ancient trail and ended up finding a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in the ground. Talk about a lucky day, whether or not he caught a fish.

The sword is 2.5 feet long, and based on that length, it's estimated that it was forged between 750-800 AD,

Jostein Askdal, the archeologist handling case, said, "The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip." It could be efficiently used today with that shiny new grip.

Askdal also stated that based on the size of the Viking sword, it was a "costly weapon, and the owner must have used it to show power."

Once the snow clears in the spring, the team plans to conduct a dig to see if they can locate either an ancient battlefield or a burial ground where the sword was housed.

These historical finds are always interesting, especially when the items are in tact as much as this sword. We'll keep our ear to the ground this spring and are excited to see what else the archeology team could find.

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Norwegian Hiker Finds 1,200-Year-Old Viking Sword on Fishing Trip