An 8-year-old girl’s discovery could shake up what’s left of the royal houses of Europe. Swedish-American Saga Vanecek discovered a pre-Viking era sword in a Swedish lake.
Her discovery has prompted locals to call her the “Queen of Sweden.”
According to CNN:
Experts at a local museum estimate the sword to be around 1,500 years old, according to local reports.“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, a Swedish news website.“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. I held it up in the air and I said ‘Daddy, I found a sword!’ When he saw that it bent and was rusty, he came running up and took it,” she continued.
The report added that locals joked that the discovery made his daughter the new “Queen of Sweden,” drawing parallels with legend of King Arthur who was bequeathed a right to rule after being handed the Excalibur sword by the Lady of the Lake.
“Indeed an amazing story!” Mikael Nordstrom, head of the cultural heritage department at the Jonkopings County Museum, told NPR in email. “We now believe that the sword is about 1,500 years old.”
According to the museum, the sword is about 33 inches long and “exceptionally well-preserved.” It even has a sheath made of wood and leather.
As to whether finding the sword qualifies Saga to take over the throne from the current Swedish royal family, experts in government like the ones in the video below will have to decide.