The Glacier Archaeology Program in Oppland
The Glacier Archaeology Program in Oppland is a cooperation between
Oppland County Council (http://www.oppland.no/) and
The Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo (http://www.khm.uio.no/)
The scale of the archaeological material from glaciers and ice patches in Oppland became visible during the big melt in the fall of 2006. From this year we have worked continously with the rescue of finds from the ice.
The Glacier Archaeology Program started in 2011. The program has provided us with the opportunity to work systematically with the finds from the ice. It has resulted in a large number of artefact recoveries and an overview of the most important archaeological find areas.
Forty-nine glaciers and ice patches in Oppland have provided artefacts. A total of ca. 2000 finds have been recovered – hunting tools, transport equipment, textiles, leather and clothing. Zoological material has also been recovered from the ice (antler, bone and dung). The oldest finds are 6000 years old.