Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

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Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

Post by Boondock » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:18 pm

Pretty sweet find, me thinks. Something for the blade fans. Enjoy:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/22/europe/vi ... d=18162142
A sword is probably the last thing you'd expect to find on a hike -- especially one that's more than a millennium old.

But that's what happened to a man in Norway who recently stumbled across a 1,200 year-old Viking sword while walking an ancient route.

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Post by dogbane » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:32 pm

Swords in Scandinavia in the news today. There was a fatal sword attack at a school on Sweden.
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Post by feanor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:36 am

dogbane wrote:Swords in Scandinavia in the news today. There was a fatal sword attack at a school on Sweden.
Yep, the lovely trend has finally arrived at my neck of the woods. The police is calling it "stabbing weapons" so I'd take sword with a grain of salt.

Edit: Seems sword is confirmed.
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Post by KGBrick » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:21 am

feanor wrote:
dogbane wrote:Swords in Scandinavia in the news today. There was a fatal sword attack at a school on Sweden.
Yep, the lovely trend has finally arrived at my neck of the woods. The police is calling it "stabbing weapons" so I'd take sword with a grain of salt.
There are pictures of him posing with students (who thought it was a halloween costume or something?) ahead of the attack. Definitely a sword. Angle's not right to identify it properly but it looked like some sort of one-handed cruciform sword.

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Post by feanor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:31 am

Yeah, I just edited my reply and when I got back to the thread I saw your reply.

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Post by dogbane » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:34 am

(I didn't intend to derail the topic to the attack in Sweden. I just made the connection in my mind.)

The sword find is pretty amazing. Conditions that preserve materials that can degrade (iron, bone, leather, textiles) are an archaeologists's dream. I used to work in archaeology in the Southeastern United States, and high humidity combined with acidic soils means that most of what we found was either stone, shell or pottery. Contact-era artifacts tend to be glass or ceramic. Occasionally someone will find some rusty old Spanish or English sword, knife, or gun parts, but they are very rare and in bad condition.
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Re: Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

Post by Boondock » Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:22 pm

Oh, fracking c'mon, people. This precisely is why we can't have nice things. :roll:

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Post by feanor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:07 pm

Boondock wrote:Oh, fracking c'mon, people. This precisely is why we can't have nice things. :roll:
The thread was back on track until that comment so pot kettle black.

Absolutely amazing find, intuitively it seems easier for skin and bone to be preserved under the right conditions than iron so even though someone like the Tollund man is stunningly preserved this seems more amazing.

Oh, and for those that recreate swords from just hilts or blades rusted almost beyond recognition this should be a treasure trove.

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Post by yggdrasil45 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:48 pm

It must have felt awesome hefting that beast out of the trail like some kind of monster. Jealous.
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Post by DarkAxel » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:56 pm

I read somewhere that archeologists are going to send an expedition to the place where the sword was found. Given the conditions, I wouldn't be surprised if they find more preserved artifacts. Maybe they will find the owner of that sword up there somewhere.
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Re: Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

Post by duodecima » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:28 pm

Boondock wrote:Pretty sweet find, me thinks. Something for the blade fans. Enjoy:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/22/europe/vi ... d=18162142
A sword is probably the last thing you'd expect to find on a hike -- especially one that's more than a millennium old.

But that's what happened to a man in Norway who recently stumbled across a 1,200 year-old Viking sword while walking an ancient route.
I saw this and was going to post it and ask which ZSer had been hiking up there!
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Re: Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

Post by Evan the Diplomat » Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:37 pm

I recall seeing an old NOVA series on PBS about the Vikings. They showed the fellow re-creating a Viking sword by taking thick iron wires twisting them together and after every couple twists sort of hammered the twisted part into a swordfish shape and then repeat.
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