The overall warming of the Earth’s atmosphere–whether you want to blame humans or not–has some archaeologists cheering. New finds, previously frozen in centuries-old glaciers, are becoming more and more commonplace.
Most recently, according to NBC News, is a pre-Viking tunic, found beside a melting glacier in Norway. “The greenish-brown, loose-fitting outer clothing — suitable for a person up to about 5 feet, 9 inches tall (176 centimeters) — was found 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level on what may have been a Roman-era trade route in south Norway. Carbon dating showed it was made around the year 300.”
Glaciers are receding from Alaska to Andes, uncovering more remains and clues to ancient man. However, the new treasures run the risk of deterioration if not discovered quickly and protected. According to Archaeology News: ”Wood rots in a few years once freed from ice while rarer feathers used on arrows, wool or leather, crumble to dust in days unless stored in a freezer.”
The result is a race against time, which is especially difficult in a field where the process is painstaking and detail-oriented.