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The Ancient sword is part of the findings from the farm Snartemo.
The sword was found in autumn 1933 by Richard and Olav Kjellingland when they were about to break in new land. A large stone slab had a cavity underneath which contained a stately tomb from the early 500's with a graced sword that later became known as the Ancient Snartemo sword.
In addition to the sword, a complete weapon set, a silver-mounted glass beaker, bronze kettle and a gold ring, a bowl weight of bronze, three weights of lead, rare patterned fabrics and bear claws were found. The discovery provoked international attention at the time and is referred to as "The loveliest migration time grave find to this day was dug up on Norwegian soil".
During World War II German occupation forces tried to obtain the sword, which at that time was hidden along with other national treasures in a vault under the ordinary bank vault of the Bank of Fagernes.
During the planning of the exhibition "Norm Anna People» in the autumn of 1941 under the auspices of Culture, the public education ministry asked the organizers of the antique bureau if they could borrow the Viking sword. They wanted woven swastikas next to the sword. Of course the request was denied.