Melting ice reveals a treasure of ancient hunter artifacts

Norwegian archaeologists enthusiastically reported the discovery of a "treasure" - an impressive collection of arrows, spears and other equipment of ancient hunting tribes. The oldest of them were made 6, 000 years ago, plus among the wreckage there are unique hunting tools characteristic only for this area. But most intriguing is the place where the objects were found - scientists say that such objects will become a new valuable source of knowledge about antiquity.

Archaeologists admitted that they had stumbled upon traces of the "treasure" many years ago, but they carefully concealed the place so as not to draw attention to it. This is the Langfonn ice spot in the Jotunheimen mountains, which is not a glacier, and this is its main feature. Glaciers tend to move, slide and carry away elements of the landscape far away, including traces of the presence of ancient people. Ice spots also move, but in a completely different way, so there is a high chance of getting what is hidden under them when the ice begins to melt.

In the case of Langfon, archaeologists were lucky to find a site in front of a remote ravine, where the hunters drove their game. This is indicated, in particular, by the special "sticks for intimidation" found here. The place is so convenient that people have used it for centuries on end, fragments of tools from various eras were found here, made using technologies of both the Late Neolithic and the Late Iron Age. Only 68 pieces of arrowheads were found - that's why the Norwegian archaeologists called it a "treasure".

But, perhaps, the situation with the ice spots itself attracts much more attention, because 20 years ago Langfon was three times larger than it is now. And during the Little Ice Age, in the 15-20th centuries, it was ten times larger. But no one paid attention to it, unlike the caves and sites of ancient people, and did not consider it as a source of useful information about the past, and now everything has changed dramatically. There are still many such ice spots in Norway, many are actively melting, which gives scientists hope to make new discoveries.