Secrets of the Ice interview

Espen Finstad (l) and Lars Pilo (r)
Espen Finstad (l) and Lars Pilo (r)

Ever heard of glacier archaeology? No!? Well, neither have we until today!  Lars Pilo and his colleague Espen Finstad from Oppland fylkeskommune are two daring glacial archaeologists working in the cold and unforgiving mountains of Norway. Lars joins us to discuss their work and their project, “Secrets of the Ice”. The work they are doing is not only adventurous but it is groundbreaking and is changing our knowledge of the past almost daily. Lars mentions some of the incredible finds that they have recovered from hunting equipment to a 3500-year-old animal skin shoe and a woven mitten from the Viking period. Besides all of the glitz and glamor that comes with this project, the logistics are another matter. Lars talks about some of the challenges of working in a high altitude environment. It’s not for everyone!

This is a great podcast, especially for all you adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers!

 

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A one thousand years old arrow found in the Jotunheimen mountains in 2014. It is relatively well preserved, but the lack of fletching and sinew shows that it has been out of the ice before. Photo: Oppland County Council.
A one thousand years old arrow found in the Jotunheimen mountains in 2014. It is relatively well preserved, but the lack of fletching and sinew shows that it has been out of the ice before. Photo: Oppland County Council.
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Jakop Brennhaug and his packhorses in the Lendbreen basecamp. Photo: Oppland County Council.
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Systematic survey along the upper edge of Lendbreen in 2011. From left: Espen Finstad (Oppland County Council/OCC), Dag Inge Bakke (Norwegian Mountain Center), Reidar Marstein, Elling Utvik Wammer, Lars Pilø (all OCC) og Jostein Bergstøl (Museum of Cultural History). Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Palookaville.
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Fieldwork in the glaciated mountain pass at Lendbreen, Oppland, Norway. (photo: Secrets of the Ice)

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Secrets of the Ice homepage

Music: DJ ASSAS1N: Frag out

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