The Neolithics and Their Castoffs


Arrows as a work of art? Or are they just tools?
An Iron Age tunic is amongst the discoveries found under melting snow on Norwegian mountains. 
Other findings include Neolithic arrows and bow fragments, thought to be about 6000 years old. 
Snow on the Norwegian mountains, and elsewhere, is rapidly melting due to climate change, which is now unveiling a world of well preserved new discoveries.
The findings are published in two papers in the journal Antiquity.
 
"The new find is of great significance for dress and textile production and how these reflect the interplay between northern Europe and the Roman world," said Marianne Vedeler from the University of Oslo, Norway, who analysed the garment.
What about this tunic?


I think that, as these artifacts begin to appear (thanks to the melting glaciers), we will find a slew of things that have been preserved in a way that will give us clues as to what they were used for and what they meant to the people that dropped or discarded them. If a person is in a life or death situation, do they hang on to talismans and symbolic items or do they hang on to functional and practical items?

It would be great to find out what that might mean to our understanding of neolithic cultures.