This Week In History News, Mar. 13 – 19

Published March 18, 2022

Indigenous bow from the 16th century found in Alaska, ancient reindeer hunting tools unearthed in Norway, Anne Boleyn's heraldic falcon discovered in England.

500-Year-Old Indigenous Hunting Bow Found In Near-Perfect Condition In An Alaskan Lake

Alaskan Yupik Hunting Bow

J. Rogers/NPSExperts believe that the cold waters of Lake Clark allowed this bow to survive some five centuries with almost no signs of decay.

For thousands of years, the area surrounding Alaska’s Lake Clark has been home to the Dena’ina people. To this day, this region remains so remote that not a single road leads there, making it accessible only by boat or seaplane. And both because it’s so remote and because no development whatsoever occurs there, archaeological finds that might illuminate the history of the Dena’ina are virtually never made.

However, National Park Service rangers working in the area in late 2021 stumbled upon a 500-year-old hunting bow sitting just two feet below the surface of Lake Clark. However, archaeologists were stunned to find that this bow instead bears the hallmarks of the Yup’ik people and remained baffled as to how exactly it got there.

See more from this historic find here.

Glacial Archaeologists Just Uncovered Ancient Reindeer Hunting Tools Atop A Mountain In Norway

Ancient Arrow

Espen Finstad/Secrets Of The IceA rare arrow discovered by glacial archaeologists on the Sandgrovskardet peak.

As glaciers shrink in Norway, they’ve pulled back the curtain on humanity’s ancient past. Upon the mountainous peak of Sandgrovskardet, glacial archaeologists have found a number of reindeer hunting tools from 1,700 years ago that were once hidden by the ice.

Dig deeper in this report.

A Wooden Bird That Sold At Auction For $100 Actually Belonged To Anne Boleyn — And Is Worth Much More

Heraldic Falcon Of Anne Boleyn

Paul Fitzsimmons/Marhamchurch AntiquesThe bird may have once adorned Anne Boleyn’s private apartments at Hampton Court Palace.

In 2019, an “antique carved wooden bird” caught the eye of antiques dealer Paul Fitzsimmons. Because of the crown on its head, he suspected it had royal origins, so he quickly purchased it for £75, equivalent to about $100. To Fitzsimmons’ delight, the bird turned out to be the heraldic emblem of the doomed Anne Boleyn — and is likely worth £200,000 (over $250,000).

Read on here.

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