A Swedish museum has landed itself a new Iron Age exhibit, thanks to an eight-year-old who pulled the relic from a lake.
Saga Vanecek was on holiday with her family when she found the 85cm-long sword by the edge of the water on the Vidöstern lake.
“I felt something in the water and lifted it up. Then there was a handle and I went to tell my dad that it looked like a sword,” Saga told the Sveriges Radio broadcaster.
Her family then contacted the Jönköping County Museum, who agreed it was an incredible find and have been looking after the object since, releasing a picture (above) of what it looked like shortly after being found.
The sword is made from wood and leather has been well-preserved, the museum said.
A statement on their website added that preliminary estimates suggest it is at least 1,000 years old, but could even be as old as 1,500 years.
The museum has said it does not know why the sword was in the water but further investigation of the lake resulted in “further prehistoric findings”, including a costume which dates to 300 AD.
They are still investigating the waters too, in the hope of finding more items.