Illustrations: Pete Ryan

The Rescue Mission to Save Civilization From the Big Melt

Ice patch archeologists are racing against the clock to find ancient artifacts dislodged by climate change

The ice is melting at a quickening rate, and over the past two decades archaeologists have found that more artifacts are appearing — so many they can hardly keep up.

Ice patch archaeology is both a portal into the past and a battle against time. The more the ice melts, the deeper we delve back into the past.

Artifacts found by Lars Holger Pilø, Espen Finstad, and the archeological team during their expedition in Lom, including the mysterious “wrenches” on the bottom left. (Espen Finstad and Secrets of the Ice / Chris Baraniuk)

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