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1300 year old ski found.

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by teckel, May 17, 2020.

  1. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    As the Norwegian fjords recede, some remarkable item from the Viking era are being found. Like this snowshoe for a horse:
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    https://www.theguardian.com/science...lar-artefacts-found-as-norway-ice-patch-melts

    But of far more interest to forumites was the discovery of a 1300 year old ski:
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    NRK reports that the wooden ski, which measures 172 centimeters long and 14.5 centimeters wide, was discovered in a glacier in what’s now Reinheimen National Park in the mountains of Lesja in Oppland. Incredibly, even the leather binding, which was mounted on a raised portion in the middle of the ski, was still well-preserved. Historians have long known that Norwegians were skiing more than a thousand years ago, and now they have the proof.
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    Skiing, which originated as a form of travel rather than a sport, is known to have a history of around seven millennia. Ancient carvings dating back circa 5000 BCE depict a skier with one pole, located in Rødøy in the Nordland region of Norway. The Kalvträskskidan ski, found in Sweden dates to 3300 BCE, and the Vefsn Nordland ski, found in Norway is dated to 3200 BCE.

    Modern skiing is believed to have evolved in Scandinavia. The word ski comes from the Old Norse word "skíð" which means stick of wood or ski. Norse mythology describes the god Ullr and the goddess Skaði hunting on skis. Early historical evidence includes ancient Greek scholar Procopius' (around CE 550) description of Sami people, indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, as ‘skrithiphinoi’ translated as "ski running samis".
    https://www.ancient-origins.net/new...gists-uncover-1300-year-old-ski-norway-002233
     
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  2. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    They had short fat pow skis a millenium ago?

    Awesome.
     
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  4. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is the Kalvträskskidan ski. (not nearly as well preserved, but much older again - 3000 years older).
     
  5. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seems like it. Nothing's new ;)
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    looks fairly stiff too
     
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    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Presumably the guy discarded them because he didn't like the rocker profile or maybe the binding set-up sucked
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or he was a snowboarder
     
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    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or maybe the local snowboarders beat him up and threw his skis into the glacier
     
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    Kopite One of Us

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    He switched to the rival tribe of Jaköb Bürton the Defiler and his heretic single plank religion.
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    ....everything old is new again! :)
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Fck, that's where I left it.
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Old news. I was sure I'd heard about this before. YART: https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/how-old-are-your-skis.71671/

    Seems @telecrag beat you to the punch by nearly 5 years.
     
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    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not the snowshoe though. I kept coming across articles about the horse snowshoe, and they kept mentioning a 1300 year old ski, which they didn't show. So that warranted an investigation and I came across the article on the ski which doesn't mention the snowshoe. ;)
    (Snowshoe find is very recent - newspaper article just a month old).
     
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    1300 year old ski found......in Perisher Ski hire.
     
  16. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is this one going to Milto?

    It probably should. Tradition.