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M Boyd




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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2015 5:51 pm    Post subject: Saw this article - Hiker finds Viking Sword         Reply with quote



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Norway is known for its spirit of friluftsliv, or "free air life," which emphasizes outdoor activities in nature like hiking and skiing. And as one hiker in southeastern Norway recently discovered, friluftsliv can be a double-edged sword literally.

During a hike near the mountain village of Haukeli earlier this month, outdoorsman Goran Olsen had stopped for a rest when he noticed a strange object hidden under some rocks. Upon closer inspection, the object turned out to be an ancient Viking sword, which experts estimate to be roughly 1,265 years old. Aside from a little rust and a missing handle, the artifact is surprisingly well-preserved.


The two-edged, wrought-iron sword measures about 77 centimeters (30 inches) in length, according to a statement by the Hordaland County Council. Archaeologists say it was likely made around 750 A.D., although they point out that's not an exact date. The 8th century is when many Vikings began venturing beyond their Scandinavian homelands to explore, trade and launch raids on coastal areas in Europe.

The mountain plateau where this sword was found is blanketed by snow and frost half the year, and experiences little humidity during summer, which may help explain why the sword hasn't deteriorated more during the past millennium.

"It's quite unusual to find remnants from the Viking age that are so well-preserved," county conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd tells CNN, adding that the sword "might be used today if you sharpened the edge."

The plateau where Olsen was trekking is a well-known mountain path, used not just by modern hunters and hikers, but also by ancient travelers dating back to Viking days. Although the sword's origins remain unclear, Ekerhovd says it probably belonged to someone wealthy, since swords like this were considered status symbols in Viking society due to the expense of mining and refining iron.

The sword may be part of a burial site, Ekerhovd adds, or it might belong to an unlucky traveler who suffered an injury or frostbite on the mountain pass 1,200 years before Olsen came along. Friluftsliv can be rejuvenating, but without enough insulation from the elements, not even an iron sword can protect you.

The sword has been handed over to the University Museum of Bergen, where researchers will study its historical relevance and work to preserve it. An expedition to the discovery site is also planned for next spring, after the winter snow melts, in hopes of finding more relics to put the sword into clearer context.

In the meantime, Ekerhovd says he's just glad that Olsen's outdoorsy adventure led him to stumble across this slice of Viking history. "We are really happy that this person found the sword and gave it to us," he says. "It will shed light on our early history. It's a very [important] example of the Viking age."


http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/blog...ord-norway

Not sure if the article is giving recent news or not.

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Mikko Kuusirati




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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It was published less than two days ago and says the find happened "earlier this month" so, yeah, that's fairly recent. Happy

Interestingly, the article keeps calling it two-edged despite the photos showing a very typical single-edged blade shape. I'm tempted to think the writer just assumed all viking swords are double-edged (and wanted to open with that damned pun).

PS. Ah, yes, the Hordaland County Council statement the article refers to says it's "77cm long and single-edged" (77 cm langt og einegga).

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Oct, 2015 10:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Who's the ham with the white gloves next to Lurch? Must not get a lot of photo ops.... The double edged pun wasn't even that good, in my opinion. The sword, however, is outstanding! How cool to go on a hike and find a piece of history. That's one lucky hiker....
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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Sat 31 Oct, 2015 10:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mikko Kuusirati wrote:
It was published less than two days ago and says the find happened "earlier this month" so, yeah, that's fairly recent. Happy

Interestingly, the article keeps calling it two-edged despite the photos showing a very typical single-edged blade shape. I'm tempted to think the writer just assumed all viking swords are double-edged (and wanted to open with that damned pun).

PS. Ah, yes, the Hordaland County Council statement the article refers to says it's "77cm long and single-edged" (77 cm langt og einegga).


Yes, the subject was first related in newspapers by October 22nd and mentioned here
http://myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=14282&start=100

The new article has a nice picture of the sword in hand.

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