Girl pulls sword out of Swedish lake

Mikael Nordström and sword finder Saga Vanecek with

"I felt something in the water and lifted it up". But when she pulled it out, it had a handle and a point.

"I'm not sure you should be touching it anymore", he replied.

"Indeed an unbelievable story!"

Mr Vanecek, who moved to Sweden from Minnesota a year ago with Saga and Madeleine, his Swedish wife, said the family had to sit on their secret for two months until the find was officially announced this week by the local Jonkoping County Museum. The scabbard holding the sword is made of wood and leather and it is tentatively considered to be from the Iron Age - at least 1,000 or even 1,500 years old.

According to the museum, the sword is about 33 inches long and "exceptionally well-preserved".

Mikael Nordström, an expert from the Jonkopings Lans Museum, described the discovery of the relic as spectacular, saying that it was "about 85 centimeters long, and there is also preserved wood and metal around it". They found a brooch from around the same timeframe plus a coin from the 17th century. She took photographs and placed the sword in water so that it wouldn't decompose after being exposed to air for the first time in more than 1,000 years. "But perhaps it's a place of sacrifice".

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Andy Vanecek's home state is Minnesota, but the family moved to Sweden past year from Minneapolis because they wanted to be closer to his wife's relations, the report said.

"We were both in awe", Saga's father Andy told RT.

Due to drought, the water level at the lake that Saga was swimming in was lower than normal, which the family said may have played a part in the 8-year-old's discovery.

"That it was pretty cool and that it was exciting", she told Radio Sweden.

The Minnesota native, Saga Vanecek, initially thought it was a stick stuck at the bottom of the lake in Sweden.

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