Scientists stumble upon an unknown grave in Svalbard
But the grave and the story behind it is already disappearing in the fjord.
The multidisciplinary research project CULTCOAST recently completed field work at a well-known cultural heritage site at Russekeila on Cape Linné in Svalbard.
At the water’s edge scientists accidentally discovered a partially eroded unknown grave.
– In the grave we see extremely fine knitted textile residues, woven textiles, wood scraps and metal. Based on this, we believe that this can date from the 16-1700s, says archaeologist and head of the research project Vibeke Vandrup Martens from the Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU).
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