Artifacts have been found in Norway, including Bronze Age shoes and a 6,000-year-old arrow shaft.

A plethora of artefacts, including Bronze Age boots, a 6,000-year-old arrow shaft and a 4,000-year-old mummified bird, have been discovered in Norway as a study shows 140 square miles of snowfields and glaciers have melted since 2006.

  • Scientists have found a treasure trove of ancient artifacts buried under the ice in Norway
  • The finds included a preserved boot, a mummified red-winged bird, and a 6,000-year-old arrow shaft.
  • Since 2006, 140 square miles of ice patches and glaciers have been lost.

Scientists have discovered a unique treasure trove of artifacts in the Norwegian mountains, including a preserved arrow shaft, a mummified bird and a Bronze Age shoe.

The finds were buried in ice blocks, which are generally relatively stable and therefore provide ideal conditions for the preservation of organic material.

“Objects and remains of animals and human activity have been found that we didn’t even know existed,” said Birgitte Skar, an archaeologist and assistant professor at the NTNU University Museum.

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“Objects and remains of animals and human activity have been found that we didn’t even know existed,” said Birgitte Skar, an archaeologist and associate professor at the NTNU University Museum. Pictured above is an old boot.

“They include everything from horse harness and clothing to shell-tipped arrows, wooden shafts and feathers.

“Not a year goes by without amazing discoveries that push the boundaries of our understanding.”

Shoes 11 inches long were found almost intact.

The discovery comes after the latest survey by the Norwegian Water and Energy Authority showed that about 140 square miles of ice patches and glaciers have melted since 2006.

“A survey based on satellite imagery taken in 2020 shows that more than 40 percent of the 10 selected ice patches with known finds have melted,” said Scar, one of the researchers. report summarizing the state of knowledge in the field of glacial archeology in Norway, noted in statement.

The discovery comes after the latest research by the Norwegian Water and Energy Authority showed that about 140 square miles of ice patches and glaciers have melted since 2006.  The picture above shows a mummified bird.

The discovery comes after the latest research by the Norwegian Water and Energy Authority showed that about 140 square miles of ice patches and glaciers have melted since 2006. The picture above shows a mummified bird.

“These figures suggest a serious threat to the preservation of discoveries from ice, not to mention ice as a climate archive,” she says.

A mummified red-winged blackbird could provide insight into the ice as an ecosystem, as well as how different species have dealt with climate change in the past.

The bird died in Skirodalskollen in the Dovrefjell mountain range.

His small body was quickly buried under the ice, and when he was found 4,000 years later, his internal organs were still intact.

The oldest find from the ice in Norway is the 6,100-year-old arrow shaft pictured above, which the researchers say indicates the area has been used as a hunting ground for as long as the ice has existed.

The oldest find from the ice in Norway is the 6,100-year-old arrow shaft pictured above, which the researchers say indicates the area has been used as a hunting ground for as long as the ice has existed.

“Our findings show that ice in the mountains has provided an important habitat for many mountain species for thousands of years to this day,” says Jørgen Rosvold, biologist and deputy director of research at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.

“The faunal finds also provide background information for archaeological finds, such as showing what species humans may have hunted in snowfields.”

The oldest find found from ice in Norway is a 6,100-year-old arrow shaft, which researchers say indicates the area has been used as a hunting ground for as long as the ice has existed.

“We are beginning to assess whether the ice in some places may have survived a warm period after the last ice age, which means that the lower layer of ice could be the remains of an ice sheet from that period,” Scar said.

“This opportunity offers unprecedented opportunities to trace the climatic history and activity in these hunting grounds even further back in time.”