Swedish-American girl Saga Vanecek was just enjoying a summer day by the lake in Sweden when she basically became the modern day King Arthur. Her father was telling her to come inside, so he could watch the World Cup game, and she pulled a sword from the 5th or 6th century out of the water by the Vidöstern lake in Tånnö, Småland instead. Now, she is the Lady of the Lake and the once and future queen all at the same time.
“I was outside in the water, throwing sticks and stones and stuff to see how far they skip, and then I found some kind of stick,” Vanecek told The Local. “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,” She said. “I held it up in the air and I said ‘Daddy, I found a sword!’”
The family reported this extraordinarily rare find to the proper authorities, and the Jönköpings Läns Museum acquired it. The museum is still trying to figure out exactly when the sword is from, but they think it might actually pre-date the Vikings.
“Why it has come to be there, we don’t know,” Mikael Nordström, who works for the museum, said. “When we searched a couple of weeks ago, we found another prehistoric object; a brooch from around the same period as the sword, so that means—we don’t know yet—but perhaps it’s a place of sacrifice. At first, we thought it could be graves situated nearby the lake, but we don’t think that anymore.”
The museum asked the Vanecek family if they could keep their awesome discovery under wraps, so the museum would have time to search the area. They didn’t want tons of wannabe Kings and Queens aggressively treasure-hunting.
“We asked Saga [not to tell anyone about the sword] because we were afraid that if this find would go public too soon, there would be a lot of people there, perhaps destroying our possibility to find things later,” Nordström said.
Saga did tell her best friend though, of course. The sword won’t be on display for at least a year, but it might be called “Saga’s Sword” in honor of the girl who discovered it.