Icelandic goose hunter unearths 1,000-year-old sword
Arni Bjorn Valdimarsson was more interested in goose hunting than discovering archeological treasures. But on Saturday, the Icelandic man stumbled upon a rusted sword that archaeologists believe may be over 1,000 years old. The weapon is already being hailed as one of the best-preserved artifacts of its kind.
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Valdimarsson suspects the artifact was recently exposed after a flood. He admits that initially he had no idea the find was so significant.
"We started to be archaeological — not hunters!" Valdimarsson quips. "We weren't so excited until I put it on the Facebook and got the reactions."
Within minutes, Valdimarsson says his Facebook post drew the attention of an archaeologist who specializes in swords. She asked that he bring the weapon to the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland.
"[They] told me it was an old viking sword," Valdimarsson explains. "They looked at it and they thought without x-rays or anything, that it should be around 1,000 years old."
The sword is now in the possession of the agency and they will survey the area for further excavation. Valdimarsson suspects there is more to find and is looking forward to learning about the history of the weapon.
"I'm sure they'll find something else," Valdimarsson insists. "We didn't find any goose — but I think this is better!"