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    Norway's Melting Ice Is Revealing Priceless Ancient Artifacts

    Ancient artifacts preserved in snow and ice over thousands of years in Norway's mountains are emerging at an unprecedented rate, and archaeologists are scrambling to collect them all before it's too late.

    The finds are truly remarkable: iron arrowheads dating back 1,500 years, tunics from the Iron Age, and even the remains of a wooden ski complete with leather binding left behind sometime in the year 700. Some of the oldest objects were dropped more than 6,000 years ago.

    The catalyst behind the sudden emergence of these ancient relics is climate change, with lower winter precipitation and warmer summers dramatically reducing the alpine ice that acts as a time capsule for lost treasures.

    "The ice is a time machine," Lars Pilö, an archaeologist who works for the Oppland County council told Archaeology in 2013. "When you’re really lucky, the artifacts are exposed for the first time since they were lost."


    A ski with leather binding recovered from an ice patch in the Norwegian mountains. Analysis later determined that the artifact dates back to the year 700. (Photo: Secrets of the Ice/Oppland County Council)

    Unlike glaciers, which tend to crush and grind objects as they move down a mountain, the majority of artifacts coming out of Norway are being recovered from ice patches. These isolated non-moving accumulations of ice and snow are significant to the archeological record because of their extreme stability, with many containing layers of seasonal snowpack dating back thousands of years.

    Sections of ice in the Juvfonne snow patch in Jotunheimen, Norway, are an astounding 7,600 years old, according to a 2017 study.
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    The viking sword found up on the mountains last year is probably one of the best preserved weapons from the era.

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    Addendum: According to the guy who found it, the edge of the sword was still sharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    Addendum: According to the guy who found it, the edge of the sword was still sharp.
    It's too bad the actual handle did not survive there is some debate on what materials were used. Earlier examples have the infamous "ringed hilts", but later examples tend to have lost the organic handle materials.

    The reason I ask is because people who like to recreate "Viking era" swords tend to use too much creative licensing when it comes to handle materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    It's too bad the actual handle did not survive there is some debate on what materials were used. Earlier examples have the infamous "ringed hilts", but later examples tend to have lost the organic handle materials.

    The reason I ask is because people who like to recreate "Viking era" swords tend to use too much creative licensing when it comes to handle materials.
    I would think that was a highly individual matter, and probably made by the owner himself (or by his requirements), after the sword was bought. A combination of wood and leather, as well as secondary materials like threads and cords, would be the obvious choice.

    Here is a video of a man examining a sword with a partly intact handle grip, albeit a Slavic one, and a few centuries later:

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