As ice melts and the ice field retreats a wealth of essentially mundane objects lost or abandoned by travellers and traders between the third and fourteenth centuries are revealed and are in remarkable condition given their essentially disposable and fragile nature. The later abandonment of the Pass as a route doubtless contributed to their survival. Preserved by the ice they give a remarkable insight into daily life in the region, especially in the Viking era around the year 1000.
The very well illustrated MailOnline article can be seen here
The Guardian also has a shorter article about the discoveries at