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1,700-Year-Old Sweater Found Due to Glacial Melt

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Photo by Marianne Vedeler, via <a href="http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/iron-age-tunic-130830.htm">Museum of Cultural History</a>, University of Oslo
Photo by Marianne Vedeler, via Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

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In one of the stranger consequence of glacial melt, ancient clothing and other artifacts are emerging where ice used to be. Take, for example, the perfectly-preserved tunic pictured above that was found in Norway in March, and just listed in the journal Antiquity.

According to Discovery News, the tunic "was found randomly bundled up in an hunting area on the Norwegian Lendbreen glacier at 6,560 feet above the sea level. Radiocarbon dating established it was made between 230 and 390 A.D." The boatneck sweater featured lamb and sheep wool in a diamond twill weave and would have fit a man who was 5 feet, 9 inches tall. It had been mended twice with patches.

"It is a very rare item. Complete garments from early first millennium A.D. Europe can be counted on the fingers of one hand," Lisa Bender Jørgensen of Norwegian University of Science and Technology told Discovery News. Awesome! She added that, "Due to global warming, rapid melting of snow patches and glaciers is taking place in the mountains of Norway as in other parts of the world, and hundreds of archaeological finds emerge from the ice each year." Oh.
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