Southern Norway’s glaciers are melting fast and giving up secrets of our ancient past. Recently, this melting has lead to some incredible discoveries with the most significant a 1,300-year-old powder ski.
This would have fit well into a modern powder skier’s quiver. It measures 172cm long and 145mm wide at the waist. The binding was still on the ski along with some leather.
The binding with intact leather was mounted on a raised portion in the middle of the ski, and archaeologists could see a hole where the binding would be fastened. – newsinenglish.no
This ski would fit right into a modern day powder skier’s quiver as a huge, surfy fatty for the deepest days. In ancient times, it was most likely used primarily for transoportation.
The ski was found by archaeologist in Southern Norway’s Oppland County. They also found 60 arrows that they estimate at 6,000-years-old.
“This is a unique discovery of an exceptionally well-preserved ski.” – Lars Holger Pilø, archaeologists
The only older known well-preserved ski was found in Finland and is estimated to be 1,500 year’s old.
As Norway’s glaciers melt, they continue to reveal more and more incredible Bronze Age items including a 3,400-year-old shoe and a mitten from the Viking Age.