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Man finds 3,000-year-old sword

Nov. 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM   |   Comments

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Norwegian man said experts told him the sword he found abandoned at a roadside four years ago dates back 3,000 years.

Ernst Skofteland said he asked a team of archaeologists digging on a farm near his home to look at the sword, which he discovered at the side of a lumber road in a forest area four years ago, and they told him it dates from around 1100-900 B.C., Aftenposten reported Friday.

"When they told me how old it was, I thought they were kidding me," Skofteland said. He said he turned the sword over to government authorities for study.

Experts said about 20 similar swords have been discovered in Norway.

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