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Thousand-year-old Viking sword found in Norwegian mountains
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 22, 2017 12:01AM

A 1,100-year-old Viking sword has popped up in a most unusual place, according to Norway’s The Local (, found by some reindeer hunters. It was sticking out of some scree (loose stones), blade first, about a mile high in the Norwegian mountains. An odd discovery, indeed, since no other Viking artifact has been found so far above sea level. Photos of the location and sword are shown courtesy of Espen Finstad, Secrets of the Ice/Oppland County Council.

Finstad, an archaeologist, credits the sword’s excellent condition to the Viking metal’s quality and being preserved by the snowy and icy conditions. There’s no trace of its owner, but any human remains would have vanished long ago.

“We have searched the area in a radius of around 50 metres (164 feet) and have used a metal detector, but found no other objects,” he added. “So it’s a mystery as to why the sword was in that particular place.”


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