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Fragments of a Late Iron Age Sledge Melted Out of the Vossaskavlen Snowdrift Glacier in Western Norway

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In 2014 some processed fragments of wood were recovered from the snow and ice of the Vossakavlen snowdrift glacier in western Norway. The find was interpreted as the remains of a sledge left or broken at the glacier. Radiocarbon dating has established that the sledge was made in the period from 545 – 655 AD, which corresponds locally to the beginning of the Late Iron Age. Few finds of prehistoric sledges are recorded in Norwegian archives, and all of them are younger than the Vossaskavl-sledge.

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Journal
Journal of Glacial Archaeology
JGA
Equinox Publishing
2050-3393
2050-3407
May 31 2016
February 2 2016
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