Tenth century Viking sword discovered in Iceland
The Viking sword discovered by goose hunters last weekend was found just in time. Now, the site where they found it is completely inundated, due to a glacial outburst flood in Skaftá rive, RÚV reports.
|The sword is a very important archaeological find [Credit: Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland]|
|One of the hunters Arni Bjorn Valdimarsson with the double-edged sword |
“So few swords have been discovered here, and, therefore, this is such a treasure for the nation’s history.” Just over 20 swords and sword pieces have been found in Iceland.
Kristín believes the sword was covered by lava in 1783, but came loose last year during the large glacial outburst flood in Skaftá river. It’s in good condition, and only the tip is broken off.
“Therefore,” Kristín stated, “it’s a very valuable sword.”
Source: Iceland Review [September 09, 2016]