Thousand-year-old viking sword found by reindeer hunter

A reindeer hunter in the mountains of Norway discovered a viking sword from over 1,000 years ago.

Fox News says that the sword was found in late August and was brought to the attention of the Glacier Archeological Program at the Oppland County Council.

Researchers believe the sword to be around 1,100 years old and the its incredible condition is a testament to the quality of Viking iron.

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A front view of the Gokstad Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Gokstad ship was build around the year 890 AD, is 5.18 m wide and 23.22 m long and is made of oak. The deck consists of planks of pine that could be lifted so that the crew could easily bale out water if necessary. This also provided storage capacity for a little cargo. The ship was used as a burial ship for a powerful man. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A general view of the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors watch an interactive movie about the viking era at the Tune Ship room at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Tune ship was built around the year 910 and was found in Fredrikstad. The ship is estimated to have been 18.7 metres long, 4.2 metres wide and to have had 12 rows of strakes. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors watch an interactive movie about the viking era at the Tune Ship room at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Tune ship was built around the year 910 and was found in Fredrikstad. The ship is estimated to have been 18.7 metres long, 4.2 metres wide and to have had 12 rows of strakes. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors appreciate several artifacts and wagons found during the Oseberg Ship excavation at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A general view of the Gokstad Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Gokstad ship was build around the year 890 AD, is 5.18 m wide and 23.22 m long and is made of oak. The deck consists of planks of pine that could be lifted so that the crew could easily bale out water if necessary. This also provided storage capacity for a little cargo. The ship was used as a burial ship for a powerful man. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors watch an interactive movie about the viking era at the Tune Ship room at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Tune ship was built around the year 910 and was found in Fredrikstad. The ship is estimated to have been 18.7 metres long, 4.2 metres wide and to have had 12 rows of strakes. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Visitors watch an interactive movie about the viking era at the Tune Ship room at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Tune ship was built around the year 910 and was found in Fredrikstad. The ship is estimated to have been 18.7 metres long, 4.2 metres wide and to have had 12 rows of strakes. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A general view of the Tune Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Tune ship was built around the year 910 and was found in Fredrikstad. The ship is estimated to have been 18.7 metres long, 4.2 metres wide and to have had 12 rows of strakes. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A visitor appreciates the Oseberg Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Details of the Oseberg Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A Visitor takes a selfie with the Oseberg Ship as a background at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A visitor looks to the viking exploration map at the Viking Ship museum entrance , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A group of visitors appreciate the Oseberg Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A group of visitors appreciate the Oseberg Ship at the Viking Ship museum , Oslo, Norway on September 10, 2017. The Oseberg ship was built in southwestern Norway around the year 820, and is made of oak.In 834, the ship was used as a burial ship for two powerful women. The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship ,additionally, several artifacts of the viking era are displayed.The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.

(Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Gokstad Viking ship, Viking Ship Museum, Bygdoy, Oslo, Norway.

(Photo by: Mel Longhurst/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

The Oseberg Carriage, from the Oseberg Viking ship, Viking Ship Museum, Bygdoy, Oslo, Norway.

(Photo by: Mel Longhurst/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

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Although because of the inhospitable terrain it was found in, there is still some confusion as to what the viking was doing so high up and how he died. 

They speculate that he may have died from exposure, but say it is a mystery as to why he was traveling in the high mountains with only a sword. 

Retreating glaciers and ice patches have revealed several new artifacts in Oppland County. 

In 2016, archeologists unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint. 

 

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