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Thursday, 30 June 2016
1,400-Year Old Sledge Thawed Out of Norwegian Glacier
In the most recent issue of theJournal of Glacial Archaeology(JGA), a team of Norwegian scientists from the Hordaland County Council and University Museum of Bergen announced their discovery of a prehistoric sledge freed from the ice. The discovery, announced in the 2015 article, followed significant melting of the Vossaskavlen Glacier in western Norway.
A team of Norwegian surveyors discovered the artifact, after they spotted what appeared to be poles marking a route over the glacier, approximately 50 meters from the ice edge at an altitude of 1500 meters. Upon further examination, the team of archaeologists found 21 wooden fragments with signs of craftsmanship.
Radiocarbon dating puts the age of the pine wood sledge fragments between 545-655 AD, or to the beginning of the Late Iron Age. This makes it the oldest sledge ever found in Norway.