Archaeologists Uncovered a 1,500-Year-Old Arrowhead
Sun, April 18, 2021

Archaeologists Uncovered a 1,500-Year-Old Arrowhead


Many glaciers are melting due to climate change, including the Norwegian glaciers. Climate change destroyed a wide range of cultural sites due to coastal erosion, landslides, and melting permafrost and sea ice. While this can help archaeologists uncover ice-locked relics, this could also destroy artifacts that are not discovered in time.


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For instance, the archaeological team excavating Jotunheimen found an ancient snowshoe for horses and more than 2,000 artifacts at the glaciers. The artifacts include man-made items like hunting tools, textiles, leather, and clothing, as well as zoological remains like antlers, bones, and dung. Anthropologist Shoshi Parks stated that out of all the three national parks converged in this region of central Norway, which includes Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind, Jotunheimen is arguably the most spectacular. It has 250 peaks over 1,900 meters high (one mile). 


Credits: Ancient Origins


Parks even described it as having “alpine lakes and shimmering turquoise glaciers, chequering an ancient landscape of unspeakable beauty.” One of the 2,000 relics found in Jotunheimen is a 1,500-year-old iron arrowhead. According to Ancient Origins, an online site that features news and articles relating to our ancient origins, archaeology news, anthropology, ancient artifacts, sacred writings, ancient places and more, the arrowhead was forged in iron and was discovered with its arrow shaft. It is 17 cm long and weighs just 28 grams and was discovered 2,050 meters above sea level. 


Credits: Ancient Origins


Norway is not the only place where climate change is causing archaeological artifacts to emerge from the ice. In 2015, bodies of soldiers lost during World War emerged from glaciers in the Andes. At the same time, 2,500 artifacts, including woven baskets and wooden masks, were uncovered in southwest Alaska. Jørgen Hollesen, a researcher at the National Museum of Denmark, explained that melting ice is not only threatening archaeological artifacts locked in glaciers but also presenting different problems in the Arctic Circle. The rapid melting causes bits and pieces of human history to “melt out in reverse time order.”




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