TRACING THE TRACKS OF SKIING TO THE MOUNTAINS OF ALTAI

In North-West China people ski like the old Norwegian “Birkebeinerne” did. They have been skiing like that for thousands of years. This is where it all started, Chinese researchers claim. While Norwegian people take pride in calling Norway the cradle of skiing. But where were the skies actually invented, and who can rightly call their country the home of skis?


The Lendbreen tunic

Reconstruction of Norway’s oldest garment.
Rapid melting of glaciers over the past few years has resulted in hundreds of old archaeological items emerging from the ice in Oppland, Norway, On the 4th of August, 2011 archaeologists from Oppland County and Museum of Cultural History, Oslo found what at first glance appears to be a rolled-up piece of fabric, It turns out to be a well-preserved tunic from around AD 300. Norway’s oldest garment, dating back 1700 years. This film shows the reconstruction of the tunic, the way it may have been done, 1700 years ago.

Oppland Fylkeskommune

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