A trekking site at Norway. Ice patches are masses of stationary ice features which preserve objects in perfect conditions.
A trekking site at Norway. Ice patches are masses of stationary ice features which preserve objects in perfect conditions. Image: Kristoffer Trolle Flickr CC BY SA 2.0

Lost Viking ‘highway’ revealed by melting ice

Archeologists discover remnants of horseshoes, sleds, and tools at a melting ice patch in Lomseggen, a mountain in southern Norway.

Some of the objects found are believed to be as old as 1,000 years old. These artefacts tell a vital story about a vital mountain pass for the settlers and farmers moving between permanent winter settlements along the Otta River in southern Norway and higher-elevation summer farms farther south.

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