‘Some kind of stick’


Eight-year-old Swedish-American girl Saga Vanecek, while playing near her family’s home in Småland, Sweden, made a remarkable discovery when she pulled an ancient sword from a lake, according to The Local Sweden (bit.ly/lakesword). Saga and the sword are shown in photos by her father, Andrew Vanecek.

“I was outside in the water, throwing sticks and stones and stuff to see how far they skip,” she told The Local, “and then I found some kind of stick. I picked it up and was going to drop it back in the water, but it had a handle, and I saw that it was a little bit pointy at the end and all rusty.”

Her father took the sword to Jönköpings Läns Museum, where it was estimated to date back to the 5th or 6th century A.D., which is pre-Viking. “Why it has come to be there, we don’t know,” Mikael Nordström from the museum said.

Despite becoming famous for her historic find, Saga hasn’t changed her career goals. She still wants to be “a doctor, vet or an actress in Paris.”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.