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Viking Sword Owner Found?

Today, goose hunters discovered human bones near the place in South Iceland where a Viking Age sword was recently found, RÚV reports. The sword was considered a major archaeological find, and there were speculations about who its owner may have been. Today, he may have been found.

Sævar Guðjónsson told of the bone discovery on his Facebook page this evening and posted several photos.

“Of course we knew about the sword that was recently discovered in this area,” Sævar explained. “We walked past that place and started looking around. Then we noticed those bones: a femur, pelvis, probably a rib and something more…yes, and the other half of a buckle which was found the other day.”

Sævar reports that the bones were located 20-30 meters away from where the sword was found. The hunters noticed clues that something might be in store in the vicinity. One of them is a doctor who can identify a human bone when he sees one.

Viking bone.

Photo: Sævar Guðjónsson/Facebook

Sævar noted they didn’t move things around, except for picking up the femur to take a closer look. They decided not to dig any further, but to mark the place and take pictures.

When asked what people do when they find human bones, Sævar responded,

“Well, I just called the landowner. Isn’t it his problem if a body is found on his property? Then we continued chasing geese, and we’re going to look closer at this later. I don’t think it’s going anywhere tonight, but if it rains a lot tomorrow, then the river might swell and change the area a bit.”

Viking bone.

Photo: Sævar Guðjónsson/Facebook

Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir, head of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland, confirmed with RÚV that the bones are obviously human ones—a femur and a pelvis. In addition, the find includes a strange L-shaped item, made of iron.

Archaeologists and bone specialists searched the area at the beginning of September, but to no avail. Kristín Huld suspects that since then, water has washed soil off the bones. She plans to send archaeologists to the area again.

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