Hiker discovers 1,200-year-old Viking sword that you can still fight with


When you go for a hike you expect great views and maybe some adventure, but a hiker stumbled upon something way more valuable. According to CNN, hiker Goran Olsen discovered a 1,200-year-old viking sword while he was resting in Haukeli, a fishing and hunting area 150 miles west of Oslo, Norway. The man made the extraordinary discovery under some rocks on a path across a high mountain plateau that crosses country sideways. The sword was incredibly well preserved, especially since it's older than a millennium, thanks to the climate conditions of the area, which is covered with frost and snow for at least six months of the year while staying very dry in the summer.

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The discovery was announced by the Hordaland County Council that told CNN:

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The 30 inch-long iron sword was found without a handle was estimated to be from around 750 A.D. and it will be handed over to the University Museum of Bergen for preservation, while a research mission is set to take place at the discovery site.

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