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1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword Unearthed In Southern Iceland

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Have you read about the Vikings? Have you read about the Icelander? Well, the place has recently been in the news for an unearthed piece of weapon!

It so happened that a group of geese hunters, stumbled upon a 1,000 year old Viking sword! This sword was found in dirt in Skaftarhreppur, Southern Iceland. In accordance, with the experts there is a probability that the sword was washed up, during flooding last year, before which it lay in a riverbed.

Amongst the group of hunters, Arni Bjorn Valdimarsson, claimed that there is an immense probability that the double edged sword belonged to Ingolfr Arnarson.

Another hunter, Runar Stanley Sighvatsson said-‘It was just lying there, waiting to be picked up.’

Who is Ingolfr Arnarson?

He was the chieftain of Norse. He left Norway, after he became involved in a bloody dispute. He was the first Norsemen to sail to Iceland. In fact, it was him and his spouse, who were the first permanent Nordic settlers of Iceland. It is this place which was later called Reykjavik. Yet again, it was Ingolfr’ son Torstein Ingolfrsson, who became a chieftain and founded the first parliament in Iceland.

ancient-viking-sword-1Photo:The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland

Where is the sword right now?

In accordance with the Icelandic law, any sort of archaeological reminiscent found on or in the ground in Iceland are considered to be the property of the state. The Icelandic Cultural Heritage Agency has claimed the sword and taken possession of it. After analysis the sword will pass on to the National Museum.

viking-sword-1Weapons were carried by vikings not just for battle, but also as symbols of their owners' status and wealth.

In accordance with the Director General of the Icelandic Cultural Heritage Agency, they were really excited about the sword, as it is the 24th sword found in Iceland, which belonged to the Viking era. She further states that as of now, it seems that the sword belongs to circa 950 AD or before that.

It will be interesting for the readers to know some things about this recently found sword:

  • Since, most of the swords usually found are in pieces, it is amazing to find this entire sword.
  • The sword is corroded, but well preserved.
  • The sword is double edged.
  • It is still attached to its hilt.
  • You can witness the reminiscent of a wooden handle on the hilt of the sword.
  • The research team aspires to find the remains of a scabbard on the blade.

And, if you thought, that the goose hunters only found the sword, Huld Sigurdardottir said, that some other object has also been found, there. However, no analysis pertaining to the other object has been done as yet.

Novel revelations and more information lie on the other part of the story, as the analysis and research continue. More study will be able to impart whether it really belonged to the Ingolfr Arnarson or not! As of present the readers need to wait for more research to find more about this sword!

Images© The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland

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