April 29, 2010

What is odd about this report?

LiveScience reports.
"Warming temperatures are melting patches of ice that have been in place for thousands of years in the mountains of the Canadian High Arctic and in turn revealing a treasure trove of ancient hunting tools,"

They cite as examples:
In 1997, sheep hunters discovered a 4,300-year-old dart shaft in caribou dung that had become exposed as the ice receded. . . . [Archaeologist Tom] Andrews and his team (including members of the indigenous Shutaot'ine or Mountain Dene) have found 2,400-year-old spear throwing tools, a 1000-year-old ground squirrel snare, and bows and arrows dating back 850 years.

So what does this dire news add up to? A NO-Prize to the first commenter who spots it.......


keeka said...

uhhh... no one would shoot an arrow into caribou dung?

Hehe..sorry Lee, that was all I could come up with! : P

Tina said...

Um.. there weren't always glaciers there if people were hunting in the region? And the artifacts go back to the time of Christ, which we have maps of & it sure looks like the Meditteranean Sea is about the same level now as it was back then?

So... glaciers melt & are recreated over time?

flyingvan said...

My guess---850 year old tools trapped below ice that's thousands of years old. Maybe there was a burrowing culture that did their hunting in ice tunnels?