Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Archaeology Update

FEATURE-Home of Ice Giants thaws, shows pre-Viking hunts | Reuters: "Climate change is exposing reindeer hunting gear used by the Vikings' ancestors faster than archaeologists can collect it from ice thawing in northern Europe's highest mountains.

'It's like a time machine...the ice has not been this small for many, many centuries,' said Lars Piloe, a Danish scientist heading a team of 'snow patch archaeologists' on newly bare ground 1,850 metres (6,070 ft) above sea level in mid-Norway.

Specialised hunting sticks, bows and arrows and even a 3,400-year-old leather shoe have been among finds since 2006 from a melt in the Jotunheimen mountains, the home of the 'Ice Giants' of Norse mythology."

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