A hiker in Haukeli, Norway has discovered a Viking Age sword. The grip has decomposed, but the sword otherwise remains in fantastic condition. A future excavations is planned at the site. As reported by thelocal.no:
“Jostein Aksdal, an archeologist with Hordaland County said the sword was in such good condition that if it was given a new grip and a polish, it could be used today.
‘The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,’ he said.
‘When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,’ he said.
He said that judging by the sword’s 77cm length, it appeared to come from 750-800AD.”
The sword is to be sent to the University Museum of Bergen, where the artifact will be preserved.