"A Viking metal rod which left experts baffled for more than a century has finally been identified as a 'magic wand' used by a witch to cast spells." Source: Daily Mail (2013).
"The staff, which was found in a ninth-century grave, is curved at the end - causing it to be misidentified as a fishing hook or a spit for roasting food.
"However, archaeologists have now concluded that it was in fact a magical item belonging to a sorceress who was 'on the margins of society'."
Note: Archaeologists believe that the wand (if that's what it really is) was buried in order to "remove its magical properties-possibly to prevent the witch coming back from the dead," but this is just speculation as far as I can tell. Likewise for the idea that this woman, whoever she was some kind of outsider. Maybe she came from a village that hadn't been thoroughly Christianized. Who knows? If so, she could have been an important member of her society still following the old ways.