In the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, archaeologists have found a surviving sword in a Viking Age burial. It is reported by the BBC.

Scientists have found an ancient sword of the Vikings. According to archaeologists, this weapon, found in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, is a very rare, interesting and difficult artifact to study.

The sword itself was found in 2015 on the northeastern coast of Papa Westray. All these years he was carefully studied. To preserve it, the sword was raised along with a layer of soil and transported in this form to the laboratory, after which the excavation continued.

Analysis showed that the weapon dates back to the 9th century. The relic was heavily rusted, but in X-rays, scientists saw that the sword guard was distinguished by exquisite patterns that are difficult to see due to rust.

The sword is so fragile that we don’t even know what it looks like in its entirety. But we will find out in the coming months. The iron in the sword is highly corroded, and many striking details are only visible through X-rays.

official statement by archaeologists

Previously, a Viking boat was found nearby, as well as another burial place, which also contained weapons. According to archaeologists, these graves belonged to Norwegian settlers who first arrived in the Orkney Islands.