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Archeologists in the ice find an arrow arrowheads

The arrow was found between loose stones, likely transported from further up the slope. The snow melted and the water trickled down the mountain.



According to the Glacier Archeology Program of the Innlandet County Municipality, the first arrow of the season was discovered by Norwegian glacial archeologists. The arrow is thought to be around 1500 years old.

According to the website, arrowheads, bows, spearpoints, and scaring sticks are the four most common types of artifacts unearthed in the mountainous Oppland region of southeastern Norway. Reindeer were herded into hunting areas with the help of scaring sticks, which consisted of long wooden poles with objects attached that moved in the wind.

“Unfortunately, the sinew and tar have deteriorated, and the fletching has disappeared. Even so, the preservation is remarkable.” A Facebook page dedicated to the Glacier Archeology Program run by the Innlandet County Municipality

These glacial mountains have been the site of numerous archaeological discoveries, including a Bronze Age shoe, a set of prehistoric skis in excellent condition, and the remnants of a long-lost Viking community, including sleds, skeletons, clothing, and other household goods.

What’s the backstory on this arrow?

The earliest arrowheads discovered there date back to the Early Neolithic period, between 4000 and 3700 BCE. This most recent arrow was discovered amongst loose stones, which had been carried down the slope from higher up the mountain as snow melted and water trickled.

The Facebook page for the group suggests that the arrow had been shown publicly before. “The sinew and tar have degraded, and the fletching has disappeared. To be sure,” the post continues, “the preservation is pretty awesome.”