Latest Finds of Norwegian Archaeology Team Whose Discoveries Are Revealed By Climate Change-Linked Melting Ice
PICTURE SHOWS: The team say: "What is melting out of the ice now is just plain unbelievable. This is a small wooden box with a lid, secured with leather straps. Look at the preservation! There is a hole at one end, probably for attaching it to something (a belt?). Length 30 cm. Likely to be Viking Age or Medieval." (See other picture for the open box)
In Norway, archaeologists do not have to dig, they just wait for ice to thaw and finds to be revealed.
Fascinating pictures show a few of the recent finds, uncovered mainly in August, of The Glacier Archaeology Program in Oppland.
They include artefacts from the Viking and medieval periods, with some discoveries, such as an arrow made from an antler, thought to be up to 2,000 years old.
The team say the combination of climate change and very well preserved artefacts melting out of the ice has made glacial archaeology possible. Many of these finds would have decomposed in other environments but have been almost perfectly preserved buried in the ice.
Other finds shown include the remains of a small dog, including the collar and twisted wooden fibre leash, a tinder box, still containing a wooden stick and small bits of resin-filled wood, and even ancient horse dung the team say “makes you think about the many humans and animals that crossed the ice here long ago."
One of the highlights of the surveys was a horse’s snowshoe. The team say: “This is a find we have been hoping and wishing for. It is a snowshoe for horses, found lying on the ice at nearly 2000m. Based on the other finds here, it is probably from the Viking Age or the Medieval Period. The preservation is just mind-blowing."