Norway turns wackier! 6000 year old arrows discovered

Norway turns wackier! 6000 year old arrows discovered

Dozens of arrows, dating back 6000 years, have been discovered by archaeologists in Norway. These arrows were found in the country’s high mountains, melting out of a 60-acre ice patch.

Reportedly, due to climate change, an astonishing number of arrows, dating from the Stone Age to the Medieval period have melted out of a single ice patch in Norway in the recent years.

As per the reports, researchers from the Universities of Oslo, Cambridge, and Bergen collected around 68 arrows, with their arrowheads nearby or still attached, along with many other artefacts. Almost all the items were discovered near an area of mountainside that was not bigger than 18 ha, in a region of southern Norway.

Norway turns wackier! 6000 year old arrows discovered

While the oldest arrows are from around 4100 BC, the new ones are likely from AD 1300, as per radiocarbon analysis. It has been noted that the dates are not distributed evenly. The fact raises various questions about the environmental conditions in certain periods, which were more apt to preserve those fallen arrows than other times. Records indicate that there might have been various reasons, such as reindeer hunting activity that could have played a role.

It has been witnessed that arrowheads of various materials in some have managed to survive till date, such as iron, animal bone, and the one that was made of mussel shell. In other cases, it has been found that a few arrowheads even managed to retain the tar and twine that was used to fix the arrows to their wooden shaft.

Apart from the arrows, nearly 300 specimens of reindeer bone and antlers have also been secreted by the ice. The archaeologists are of the view that the area served as a primary location for hunting ground of reindeers for millennia.

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