29 Aug 2013

Iron Age clothing and 6000 year-old things found in melting snow in Norway

An Iron Age tunic is among the discoveries found under melting snow on Norwegian mountains.
Other findings include Neolithic arrows and bow fragments, thought to be about 6000 years old.
Snow on the Norwegian mountains, and elsewhere, is rapidly melting due to climate change, which is now unveiling a world of well preserved new discoveries.
"The new find is of great significance for dress and textile production and how these reflect the interplay between northern Europe and the Roman world," said Marianne Vedeler from the University of Oslo, Norway, who analysed  
The tunic, found on the Norwegian Lendbreen glacier, was partly bleached from sun and wind exposure. It showed hard wear and tear and had been repaired with two patches.
It was made between 230 and 390 AD and is one of only a handful of tunics that exists from this period. Two different fabrics were present and the fibre tips revealed that both were made of lamb's wool or wool from adult sheep.
"The Lendbreen tunic is a first glimpse of the kind of warm clothing used by hunters frequenting the ice patches of Scandinavia in pursuit of reindeer. It had no buttons or fastenings, but was simply drawn over the head like a sweater," said Dr Vedeler. 
"The patching shows that this was not the first stage of the tunic's life; indeed, the hunter who abandoned it may not have been its first owner."
The arrows and bow fragments were much older and also found in snow patches - natural areas of snow which grow when it snows and melt in the sun.
Martin Callanan of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, who authored the arrows and bow fragments paper, said: "When people lost their arrows they lost them in the snow patches."
"These are unique finds, they are a signal that something is changing up there. As snow patches are starting to melt, people are finding archaeological artefacts in all sorts of different places and they are often quite well preserved," added Mr Callanan.
The Neolithic arrows were shorter than earlier Mesolithic shafts found in Europe, possibly due to the heavy weight of the points which were made out of slate.
The artefacts were extremely well preserved for their age and fragility, but as the changing weather increases the speed at which the snow melts, other artefacts may degenerate before they are found.
"The number and antiquity of some of these artefacts is unprecedented in the almost century-long history of snow patch surveying in the region," said Mr Callanan.
"At the same time, as the climate continues to heat up and the snows melt away, one wonders what long-term price there will be to pay for these glimpses of the frozen past."



  2. Quick call Dr. Hair-n-such from Ancient Aliens! More proof everything that has ever happened in the past happened because of . . . ALIENS. Maybe this "tune" "ick" is made with special elements that allow it to "tune" into Earth's electro-magnetic vortice fields? Maybe that is iron made by aliens to give their less-evolved "Nordic" brothers and advantage over the other races in warfare?

  3. Oh, no it was not Jewish?

  4. Drdetroitdanchap30 August 2013 at 07:04

    . Send "Armand Hammer Gore" up there in his private jet to figure out how to squeeze some shekels from the discovery.

  5. Interesting finds. This region experienced a Warming trend from 10,000 BC to 5600 BC. As the weather cooled again, the inhabitants migrated south, west and east. One of them, was an astrological myth later put into a "Greek" story of the gods warring: The Odyssey. In it, the hero Ulysses, battles nature, gods and weather to return home, only to have to line up axes (see above) and shoot arrows (see above) through them in a contest to reclaim is kingdom.

    One problem: He is not Greek: he is UL, THE ARCHER. He is allies with Agamemnon...another king NOT Greek, rather "Mycenaen"..a culture which oddly buried their royals in Shaft tombs with BALTIC amber. Tombs that contained the cartouche of Amenhotep III...the father-in-law of Nefertiti, the Most Beautiful woman of her day.....that tomb? The Tomb of Cyltemenstra...the sister of the "other" Most Beautiful woman of her day: Helen.

    Odd, ain't it???? Not really...for those that think it through....does the Illiad ever "visit" Egypt???? Indeed, it does.....