Does Bronze Age lunch equal...brunch? “Glacial archaeology” produces unique, well-preserved finds
One of the most visible physical effects of the global warming is glacial melting across the planet. While one of the most significant impacts will be the rise in sea levels, inundating coastal cities and island nations, one lesser known impact is the revelations of ancient societies revealed as the ice melts. Ötzi—the Bronze Age man found frozen in 1991 by hikers—is perhaps the best-known example, particularly because of the incredibly good state of preservation, numerous other finds around the globe are being recorded by archaeologists and other researchers. But they must move quickly, as organic remains that were well-preserved by the ice begin to deteriorate rapidly once exposed. (Photo of a 1975 Korg lunchbox that is available for purchase at Greatest Collectibles.
By Alan Burdick
The New Yorker
August 4, 2017