The sword, found at Haukeli in central southern Norway will be sent for conservation at the The University Museum of Bergen.
Jostein Aksdal, an archeologist with Hordaland County said the sword was in such good condition that if it was given a new grip and a polish, it could be used today.
He said that judging by the sword’s 77cm length, it appeared to come from 750-800AD.
“The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” he said.