Norway: A Walker Discovers A 1,200-Year-Old Viking Sword In The Mountains
After walking around the west and east sides of Norway, Goran Olsen sat down for a break and it was there that he discovered a rusty sword blade under rocks on the mountains.
Archaeologists then found that the find was a type of Viking sword made around 750 AD. Double-edged and made of wrought iron, the sword is over 30 inches long (77 centimeters).
Although it is covered with rust, it is in excellent condition because, the Haukeli mountains are covered with snow at least 6 months a year and there is little humidity in summer.
In the 8th century, many Vikings left their native homes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, using advanced navigation technology to spread across Europe.
Viking law said that all free men were to carry swords, spears and battle axes at all times. Swords were the most expensive to make. With their handles decorated with silver, bronze or copper.
The sword discovered at Haukeli has no mark of significance, but is a solid blade. Experts believe it could come from a Viking site or belong to a traveler who had one deceased.
Either way, its owner would have been a high ranking member of Viking society.