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    Swedish Archaeologists Find Iron Age Wooden Artifacts

    Swedish archaeologists find Iron Age wooden artifacts


    A team of archaeologists digging near the planned expansion of a roadway have uncovered 1,700 year old artifacts made of wood, making them some of the oldest man-made wooden objects over discovered in Sweden.

    The find was made near Älvängen in western Sweden and provides additional clues about how farmers in the region lived during the Iron Age.

    “We’ve found hundreds of wooden objects, including a wooden wheel. We’re coming much closer to the people of the Iron Age [with this find]; we’re really getting up close and personal,” said Bengt Nordqvist, an archaeologist from the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) to the TT news agency.

    Archaeologists began exploring the area in connection with plans by the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) to expand a section of the E45 roadway.

    The area once served as the only waterway connecting the sea to a system of inland lakes make up present day Lake Vänern, one of Sweden’s largest lakes.

    As a result, it has attracted settlers and traders from the Stone Age right up to modern times, according to the board.

    The wooden artifacts were found buried in damp and oxygen-deprived clay and have required archaeologists to take extra steps to ensure their finds can be properly preserved once removed from their muddy surroundings.

    Additional digs just to the north include an excavation of remains from the Bronze Age and another which covers settlements from the latter part of the early Stone Age.

    http://www.thelocal.se/15176/20081023/


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    Thanks for the link.
    I've heard about it on the radio but hadn't read about it yet.
    I'm sure the new find at Älvängen is very interesting but when they say it's some of the oldest man-made wooden objects ever discovered in Sweden they are not telling the truth.

    There are several skies found in northern Sweden that are a lot older than 1700 years.

    The pair found at Kalvträsk in 1924 is well over 5000 years old.
    http://www.vbm.se/se-och-gora/se-upp...eskskidan.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liemannen View Post
    There are several skies found in northern Sweden that are a lot older than 1700 years.
    Maybe they didn't include Lappland in what they called Sweden

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    Quote Originally Posted by ÆinvargR View Post
    Maybe they didn't include Lappland in what they called Sweden
    I actually thought about that, but if you check the locations you'll see that only one of the skies I mentioned was found in Lapland, and then just barely (in Dorotea).
    And most of them were made before any Lapps arrived in Sweden, so it can't be that either.
    Anyway, the examples I provided was the result of a 10 minutes search on the Internet. There must be plenty more man-made wooden objects older than 1700 years found in Sweden.

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    I noticed that the links in my previous post doesn't work anymore, seems like they use some kind of dynamic URLs.
    All right, here's a way to find out more about these objects.

    At the web page of the Museum of Västerbotten, go to the page "Leta arkeologiska föremål"
    Type "skida" (ski) in the input-field "Föremål" and click the button "Leta nu".
    I got twelve hits.
    If you want information on any of the objects, click the arrow-icon.
    And if you want more information (including a summary in English) then push the button "Vill du veta mer?".

    Seven of the twelve archaeological finds of skies listed at this museum was older than 1700 years. They were all found by random farmers while ploughing or digging ditches, which would suggest to me that there are plenty of just as old skies laying around up there.

    Kalvträskskidan, pair of skies with ski pole found 1924 in Kalvträsk, Västerbotten, 5200 years old.
    Hotingskidan, half a ski found at Hoting, Ångermanland, in 1921, about 4500 years old.
    Skida Brattsbacka I, ski with broken tip found at Brattsbacka, Ångermanland, in 1929, 2500 years old.
    Färnässkidan, ski found at Färnäs, Dalarna, in 1932, about 2000 years old.
    Bodanskidan, ski found at Bodan, Västerbotten, in 1935, about 1900 years old.
    Storbäckskidan, ski found at Storbäck, Lappland, in 1935, 3200 years old.
    Anumarkskidan, ski found at Anumark, Västerbotten, in 1936, 3000 years old.

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