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Ice Fields Reveal Their Treasures

The ice sheets and glaciers are melting, and as they melt they give us a glimpse into ancient life. Artifacts, long buried and frozen, are being exposed as the ice that encased them disappears.

Some objects are thousands of years old - and made of wood! Organic artifacts are very rare - usually the only things remaining are stone tools, because that is all that remains in the acidic soils. However, the ice preserves objects, revealing wood, bone, sinew, feathers, and sometimes even mummified bodies.

Animals went onto the ice to escape flies and mosquitos, but encountered a new danger - hungry human hunters! When the hunters' darts or arrows missed their target, they were often lost. These objects were preserved by the ice.

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