Vattenleken was something out of the ordinary for Saga Vanecek when she fished up what she thought was a stick out of the water. When the stick appeared to have a handle, she realised instead that she found something much rarer.
The 80-centimeter-long sword could with the help of the carbon 14 method dated to have been manufactured some time between 650 - 770 years after Christ.
, which Saga found in the lake Vidöstern, paid out by the Swedish national heritage board. The authority responsible for matters concerning the cultural heritage and cultural environments.
– We allow a third-party appraiser to do an analysis of the market value of it is what we pay out. So this person has done a valuation on the basis of the sword's condition and come up to a total of 15,000 crowns. It is not jätteofta we are handing out so much money for a redemption, " says Anna Schmidt, programme officer at the Swedish national heritage board, to the P4 Jönköping, Sweden's the Radio.
the saga's mother says to Swedish Radio that the family should earmark the money for when the finder has become a bit older.
" We are jättetacksamma for everything, I think she will be absolutely overjoyed. We promise that she will get the money and do something good with them when she gets a little older, maybe study for an archaeologist or something, " says Madeleine Vanecek to the radio channel.
the Sword will according to SVT to be preserved for one year in Göteborg, sweden, to then be exhibited at a museum, the exhibition space it will be is not yet decided.
is obliged by law to report it to either the County administrative board or national heritage board. The latter authority shall determine the extent to which reward shall be paid.
– If you have found something that dated back to before the 1850's, do not have an owner and is done by people so it counts as a prehistoric artefacts. Since this is a loose item so the state has the right to redeem the find, said Anna Kristensson, archaeologist at the county administrative board in Jönköping, sweden, to SVT.
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