It’s worth noting, too, that archaeologists may face difficulties when actually handling artifacts that have been frozen inside glaciers. While some items are discovered to have been perfectly preserved by the ice, many finds are irreparably damaged by their time inside glaciers. You see, the ice’s momentum may leave a relic crushed – before depositing what’s left of it at the glacier’s mouth.
Luckily, relics that are preserved in ice patches – rather than in glaciers – tend to remain stationary and therefore are usually not damaged. They are instead literally frozen into place by the ice. And since there’s almost no risk of these patches sliding away – unless, of course, they become glaciers – objects are often discovered in locations near to where they were originally left.