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Melting glacier reveals pre-Viking tunic

Posted on Saturday, 23 March, 2013 | Comment icon 42 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A host of archaeological finds are being slowly unveiled by glaciers melting due to global warming.

The latest such find is a woolen tunic discovered next to a thawing glacier in southern Norway. The location is thought to have once been a Roman trade-route more than 6,500ft above sea level and the tunic dates back to the year 300. Other recent finds from the region include a Viking mitten, a Bronze Age leather shoe and a variety of arrowheads and ancient bows.

"It's worrying that glaciers are melting, but it's exciting for us archaeologists," said Lars Piloe who works on Norway's glaciers. "This is only the start." It is hoped that as the ice recedes, many more archaeological treasures will be revealed.

"A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology, scientists said on Thursday."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by Frank Merton on 28 March, 2013, 7:52
Glaciers are self-sustaining. The snow in the winter makes up for the melt in summer. Therefore when things are out of balance the glacier either grows (more snow or less melt) or shrinks (less snow or more melt). This is manifestly obvious but I state it anyway because of some of the above comments. Does anyone have any studies on polar bear populations? I had the impression their numbers are decreasing, but was told this is a myth.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 28 March, 2013, 8:29
No serious scientist ever said that it's not a cycle. And researchers don't say that's man-made. We know very well that the average temperatures change during time, and in the last hundred of thousands of years there have been warm periods alternated with cooler (if not glacial) ones. If the tunic's dating is correct, it falls perfectly in the Roman Warm Period, spanning more or less from 250 BC to 400 AD. It was a warmer time than today's, Romans were even able to cultivate grapevine in Germany (The famous Rheinwein is all that's left, thanks to the river Rehin's microclimate). So, no wonder ... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Frank Merton on 28 March, 2013, 8:44
My basic reaction to the debate -- more based on what I know from other sources than from what has been posted here -- is that the scientific community is seriously worried and has little doubt that we are warming for non-cyclical (human-caused) reasons. Some don't think the consequences are too bad; others are frightened. The political component is the real problem here; some just don't accept the scientific consensus, for their own reasons, and others exaggerate them, again for their own reasons.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 28 March, 2013, 9:36
My basic reaction to the debate -- more based on what I know from other sources than from what has been posted here -- is that the scientific community is seriously worried and has little doubt that we are warming for non-cyclical (human-caused) reasons. Some don't think the consequences are too bad; others are frightened. The political component is the real problem here; some just don't accept the scientific consensus, for their own reasons, and others exaggerate them, again for their own reasons. I would take the level headed opinion over the frantic any day...
Comment icon #37 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 29 March, 2013, 1:27
Co2 levels throughout the eras. Co2 levels it appears have been much more concentrated in the past up to 20 times greater ppm than current levels. Guess what happened when the levels peaked? Plant life thrived and diversified. Which makes sense logically. Anyways here's some research to peruse in order for discussion and formulating your own opinion. Please discuss. Thank you. http://www.biocab.org/carbon_dioxide_geological_timescale.html
Comment icon #38 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 29 March, 2013, 2:03
I do agree however that man is contributing more co2 to the atmosphere than volcanic contributions by a longshot. Haven't located decent info yet on other natural sources.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Parsec on 7 April, 2013, 15:43
[...]This planet has been able to bounce back from everything that's hit it figuratively and literally. So lets say man has influenced climate. Hasn't other non human events also effected this planet on a grand scale. And wouldn't that make humans just another variable in a long list of other variables? [...]Our planet cools and heats it seems as a way to balance itself. [...] IF man has considerably effected the speed of which we reach a new cycle. Would we not see the balance return when the next cycle emerged? Do you think that man has done more to cause the speed up of the next cycle than ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Frank Merton on 7 April, 2013, 15:48
I just saw an item that we seem to be heading into one of the weakest solar maxima in quite some time. This strikes me as good news, perhaps giving us a little more time to get our act in gear before serious warming events happen. Any more informed comment?
Comment icon #41 Posted by B Jenkins on 11 April, 2013, 5:11
See people its a cycle. Global warming is a cycle. Glaciers will recede and advance. Yeah, remember it was not coincidental that during the viking age that Europe and the North Atlantic were experiencing the medievel warm period, and as result, Iceland then Greenland were both founded and colonized.
Comment icon #42 Posted by third_eye on 11 April, 2013, 6:14
Certain facts about Earth's climate are not in dispute: The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century.2Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many JPL-designed instruments, such as AIRS. Increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response. Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that the Earth’s climate responds to changes in solar output, in the Earth’s orbit, and in greenhouse gas levels. They also show that... [More]


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