Norway’s Jotunheimen National forest. Image Credit: trondmyhre4/ Pixabay
Melting ice in Norway has exposed a long-lost Viking-era mountain pass overflowing with historical discoveries.
The pass, which has actually been slowly exposed thanks to rising international temperatures, is located at the Lendbreen ice spot in Norway’s central mountains to the northwest of Oslo.
Referred To As a ‘dream discovery’, the pass goes back around 1,800 years to the Nordic iron age and was utilized for centuries by farmers and tourists making their way through the mountains.
” It most likely worked as both an artery for long-distance travel and for regional travel between permanent farms in the valleys to summertime farms higher in the mountains, where livestock grazed for part of the year,” said research study co-author and archaeologist James Barrett from the University of Cambridge.
Due to the number of people who made their method through the pass, the area is littered with hundreds of artefacts dropped and later on declared by the ice over a comprehensive time period.
These items, which date from the Roman Iron Age to the middle ages duration, include snow shoes, a woollen tunic, a knife, wooden skis, arrows, horseshoes, horse bones and a broken walking stick decorated with an inscription that checks out “Owned by Joar.”
In overall, more than 800 items have up until now been recovered from the site.
Despite its appeal nevertheless, the pass saw less and less use from around the 14 th Century, potentially due to the Black Death – a pandemic that killed millions of individuals all across the world.
” The pandemics inflicted a heavy toll on the local population,” stated archaeologist Lars Pilo, co-director of the Secrets of the Ice Glacier Archaeology Program. “And when the area ultimately recuperated, things had altered. The Lendbreen pass headed out of use and was forgotten.”
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