Archaeologists Found a Perfectly Preserved 1,500 Year-old Arrow Inside a Glacier

Archaeologists found a perfectly preserved 1,500 year old arrow inside a glacier. See SWNS story SWSMarrow. A team of seven people from a glacier archaeology programme in Norway discovered the arrow, dated to 300-600 AD, in the Jotunheimen Mountains on August 17. It was found during a survey of the reindeer hunting site. Lars Pilø, who co-directs the glacier archaeology programme at the Department of Cultural Heritage, said: "The arrows melting out of the ice are a very important new source material to archaeology.”

According to the Glacier Archaeology Program of the Innlandet County Municipality, the first arrow of the season discovered by Norwegian glacial archaeologists is about 1500 years old.
According to their website, the archaeological site in Oppland, a hilly region in southeast Norway, often produces four different kinds of artifacts: arrows, bows, spears, and scare sticks.

The purpose of scaring sticks, which were meters-long wooden sticks with connected items that moved in the wind, was to direct reindeer down hunting trails.
The Glacier Archaeology Program of the Innlandet County Municipality posts on Facebook, “The fletching is gone and the sinew and tar is not perfectly preserved, still the preservation is pretty awesome.” At these frozen mountains, archaeologists have previously discovered preserved prehistoric shis, a bronze period shoe, and the site of a long-lost Viking village that contained sleds, dead animals, clothing, and domestic items.

The story behind the arrow

This most recent arrow was discovered between loose stones, apparently moved from farther up the hill when the snow melted and the water trickled down the mountain. The earliest arrows discovered at the site date back to the early Neolithic period, between 4000 and 3700 BCE.


Fossilized tusk from giant ancient elephant found in Israel


An archeologist works on a fossilized tusk from a giant prehistoric elephant that once roamed around the Mediterranean has emerged from an excavation site, offering what archaeologists said was a rare insight into the life of early inhabitants of the area, in Revadim, southern Israel, August 31, 2022. REUTERS
JERUSALEM — An excavation site in southern Israel produced a preserved tusk from a large prehistoric elephant that once roamed the Mediterranean, providing what archaeologists described as a unique window into the lifestyle of the region’s first settlers.
The ancient straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus, whose 2.5-meter-long tusk is thought to be about half a million years old, was discovered in a location where stone and flint tools and other animal remains have already been discovered.
The director of the excavation, prehistorian Avi Levy of the Israel Antiquities Authority, declared in a statement that it was the largest intact fossil tusk ever discovered at a prehistoric location in Israel or the Near East.
The now-extinct animal, which was much larger than African elephants, was killed by humans for food and perhaps for symbolic reasons. It was a part of the diverse local wildlife, which also included wild horses, cattle, deer, wild boars, and hippopotamuses.

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