Video: Viking sword was just "waiting to be picked up"

Anna Margrét Björnsson

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Anna Margrét Björnsson

An important archeological discovery was made this weekend by a group of hunters in Iceland. They picked up a sword thought to be from the tenth century which was placed on a pagan grave at the beginning of Iceland's settlement. 

"It was just lying there, waiting to be picked up," explains Rúnar Stanley Sighvatsson, one of the men who found it. "It was obvious and just lying there on the ground."

The Cultural Heritage Centre of Iceland believe that the find is "rare and important." An archeological excavation will take place in the area to see what else was lying in the ancient Viking grave. 

Iceland Monitor videographer Hallur Már Hallsson was there this morning when the sword was presented to the Cultural Heritage Centre. 

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