Viking Sword Found In English River Offers Look Into The Past

March 20, 2024

Only out for a couple of hrs today & had my best ever find!

Magnet fisher Trevor Penny in a November post on Facebook describing a sword he discovered in an Oxfordshire, England river. (Magnet fishing is a hobby in which a strong magnet is connected to a rope to find objects underwater.)

Why It Matters: After pulling what Penny believed was potentially a “medieval sword” from a river, experts say his discovery is likely a Viking sword more than 1,000 years old. Last week, Penny said he transferred ownership of the sword to the Oxfordshire Museums Service, where it will be restored and later displayed. University of Oxford associate professor of archaeology Jane Kershaw says Penny’s “rare” find is among other discoveries providing “hugely valuable information,” adding, “as long as they are recording it, this is having archaeology that otherwise would be lost.”

Read More: This Treasure Hunter’s Latest Find? A 1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword. (The New York Times)

A 1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword Emerges From an English River (The Smithsonian)

Photos: Trevor Penny’s November Facebook Post

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas