A group of archaeologists has discovered about a thousand artifacts in the area of the Norwegian Lendbrin glacier due to climate change and ice melting, which indicate the active use of the mountain pass in the Viking age, according to the archaeological journal Antiquity.
"Artifacts discovered through melted ice indicate use in 300-1500 ad, with maximum activity observed around 1000 ad during the Viking age â€“ a time of increased mobility, political centralization, growing trade and urbanization in Northern Europe," the journal said.
As noted in the scientific work, after the tunica was discovered on the glacier in 2011, about "800 artifacts, 150 bones and antlers, more than 100 stone mounds and foundations of stone structures "were found in the same area. In particular, the archaeologists found "fragments of sleds," canes, horseshoes, as well as "everyday items," such as a tunic, a mitten, several leather shoes and fragments of textiles.
Experts emphasize that "the exceptionally rich archaeological material of this site is an illustration of the long-existing system of seasonal cattle driving" in the mountainous area and can help in the study of mountain passes in General.