20 September 2010

"Ice patch archaeology"


I've previously written posts both here and at Neatorama about the treasure trove of organic artifacts that are being revealed by melting, retreating glaciers.  The report above comes from Reuters (via Huffington Post).
Hunting sticks, bows and arrows, and a 3,400-year-old leather shoe are some of the discoveries thawing out in Norway's Jotunheimen mountains. In one area, the Juvfonna ice field, 600 artifacts have turned up simultaneously, making the job very difficult for Piloe and his team, as feathers, wool, and leather can turn to dust within days if not collected and stored in a freezer.
The video below discusses the situation in Oppland (central Norway).

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