Archaeologists have discovered in Norway the shaft of a medieval arrow, the broken shank of which was repaired by a hunter using sinew. However, apparently, then he was unsuccessful again and his shot missed the target, burying the arrow for several centuries under snow and ice. As the Secrets of the Ice project team reports… Continue reading In Norway, a repaired arrow from an unlucky hunter was found that had melted from under the ice.
Archaeologists have radiocarbon dated a wooden bow discovered last year in Norway. It turned out that the artifact that melted from under the ice was about four thousand years old. According to researchers, this is the oldest bow ever found in Norway, as they reported on the Secrets of the Ice project Facebook page*. Climate… Continue reading Onions that melted in Norway turned out to be about 4,000 years old
English bulldogs are more likely than other dogs to suffer from diseases of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. British researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing health data from almost 25,000 dogs. At least some of the problems bulldogs face most frequently are related to the breed's physical characteristics, such as folded skin and… Continue reading English bulldogs are twice as likely to experience disease as other dogs
A Norwegian amateur archaeologist has discovered a fragment of a Viking Age sword using a metal detector. The scientists to whom he conveyed his find determined that this fragment complemented a fragment of a hilt found in the same area in 2021 by another local enthusiast. The hilt with traces of rich decoration belonged to… Continue reading Amateur archaeologist finds second fragment of rare Viking Age sword
Archaeologists reported the remains of the oldest shoes found in Norway back in 2007. They were discovered during a survey of an ice patch in the south of the country. It was a small leather shoe that apparently belonged to a woman or teenager. The artifact dates back to approximately 1100 BC, that is, the… Continue reading A 3,100-year-old leather shoe has melted out of ice in Norway.
Scientists analyzed the ratio of zinc isotopes in the teeth of modern and fossil sharks and concluded that in the early Pliocene (about 5.3–3.6 million years ago), the basking shark megalodon competed with the great white shark. In an article published in the magazine Nature Communicationsresearchers note that this competition could be one of the… Continue reading Zinc isotopes indicate competition between megalodon and great white shark
Botanists may have discovered the world's oldest non-clonal tree. We are talking about a specimen of Fitzroya cypress, which grows in the Chilean Alerce Costero National Park and is known under the nickname Gran Abuelo – that is, Great-Grandfather. His age was estimated at 5484. By comparison, the oldest living tree, the intermountain bristlecone pine… Continue reading A great-grandfather from Chile has become a candidate for the title of the oldest tree. He may be 5484 years old
Scientists conducted a study of sediment samples taken from the Mesolithic site of Blick Mead, which is located next to Stonehenge. It turned out that even before the arrival of the Neolithic population to these lands and the construction of the famous cromlech, there remained areas free from forest. Apparently, large ungulates, such as primitive… Continue reading Primitive bulls prevented the surroundings of Stonehenge from becoming overgrown with forest
Scientists examined seven fragments of walrus skulls from the mid- to late 12th century, which were discovered in Kyiv. Genetic analysis showed that most of these individuals were likely taken from the Canadian Arctic or from Western Greenland, where Norse settlements existed at the time. It was previously believed that walrus tusk for Eastern European… Continue reading Walrus tusks from Greenland were brought to medieval Kyiv
In Switzerland, a retreating Alpine glacier exposed rock crystal and quartz deposits that were exploited by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers around 8000–7500 and 6000–5800 BC. In addition to numerous fragments and retouched tools, archaeologists found organic materials: red deer and roe deer antlers, as well as wood fragments. This was reported in an article published in the… Continue reading Retreating Alpine glacier reveals Mesolithic rock crystal mining site