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4,000-year-old arrow recovered from melted ice
- Web Desk
- Sep 26, 2023
As the planet warms, and the glaciers melt away raising water levels across the globe and causing a wave of climate extremities, archaeologists have found a silver lining in the form of ancient artefacts.
In a latest discovery, researchers in the field of glacial archaeology have unearthed a remarkably well-preserved arrow, estimated to be approximately 4,000 years old.
This amazing find emerged during the course of excavations conducted by archaeologists collaborating with Norway’s “Secrets of the Ice” program. Initially believed to belong to the Iron Age, the arrow’s true age was revealed to be far more ancient than expected. The arrow was recovered from the slopes of Lauvhøe, a mountain in Norway.
At first glance, it appeared similar to other arrows associated with the Iron Age that had been discovered in the region. However, upon closer examination, as the researchers removed the glacial silt from one end, they were astonished to find a notch designed to accommodate a stone arrowhead, rather than an iron one.
This significant observation led the team, co-led by Lars Holger Pilø, an archaeologist affiliated with the local Department of Cultural Heritage, to conclude that the arrow actually belonged to the Stone Age, pending radiocarbon dating to confirm its age.
Regardless of the radiocarbon dating results, this arrow adds to the wealth of artefacts recovered by the Secrets of the Ice program. The program has managed to retrieve artefacts dating as far back as 6,000 years ago from the melting ice of Norway.