In addition to the expected geographers and glaciologists, archaeologists have also proven to be fascinated by these frozen phenomena. Indeed, more and more historians have flocked to the colder climes of northern Europe and Canada’s upper-most territories to search for artifacts that may be hidden among all of the ice and snow.
But why may historical relics come to be found within ice patches and glaciers? Well, items may have been discarded near these formations thousands of years ago and then blanketed by snow. Thus, the objects have been kept in stasis for centuries – until melting ice reveals them to the world once more.
However, global warming is increasing the rate at which large ice masses melt. This means that historians must act quickly to retrieve any previously frozen ancient treasures, before they are lost for good. In 2013 Albert Hafner, an experienced glacier archaeologist from the University of Bern, warned in an interview with Archaeology magazine, “If [we] don’t do it now, [these artifacts] will be lost.”