Plot Thickens At Site Of Found Viking Sword - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Plot Thickens At Site Of Found Viking Sword

Published October 4, 2016

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Árni Björn Valdimarsson

New finds at the site of a discovered 10th century sword have raised more questions about what exactly happened at the location.

Two new discoveries were made near the site of a found 10th century sword, RÚV reports: what appears to be a human femur, and the point of a spear, which was badly bent.

“It might sound strange, but the spear point was clearly bent,” antiquarian Uggi Ævarsson told reporters. “So it’s a question of whether it was a damaged spear point, or if it was deliberately bent, as a part of some kind of ritual.”

Uggi and his associates are still conducting further investigations of the site, but have thus far not discovered any other signs of medieval Icelandic life.

As reported, a group of goose hunters found an almost perfectly intact (although badly rusted) sword near the lake Eldvatn, in Skaftártunga. Further examination conducted by The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland revealed that it most likely dates from the 10th century.

Its discovery has baffled archaeologists, in particular because they could find no other signs of life at the location.

“We came to the conclusion, which surprised us, that there are no human-made structures in the immediate area,” Uggi told reporters at the time. “This is a real mystery, because it is so unusual to find a sword just laying in the sand, nothing obstructing it, no sand covering it, and no human-made structures in the area. It’s very special.”


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