8yo who found 1500-year-old artifact in a lake: “I had to give the sword to the local museum.”

8yo who found 1500-year-old artifact in a lake: “I had to give the sword to the local museum.”

I was crawling along the bottom of the lake on my arms and knees, looking for stones to skim, when my hand and knee felt something long and hard buried in the clay and sand. I pulled it out and saw that it was different from the sticks or rocks I usually find. One end had a point, and the other had a handle, so I pointed it up to the sky, put my other hand on my hip and called out, “Daddy, I’ve found a sword!”

I felt like a warrior, but Daddy said I looked like Pippi Longstocking. The sword felt rough and hard, and I got some sticky, icky brown rust on my hands. It started to bend and Daddy splashed up to me, and said I should let him hold it. It was my sword and now he was taking it away! I gave it to him in the end. –Saga Vanecek, Guardian “I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake”