She doesn’t conduct proper field archaeology like a trained archaeologist, but Mother Nature can sometimes help literally uncover the past, as demonstrated recently by melting glaciers in the Alps of northern Italy. Here, as glacier levels have receded, the corpses and other related artifacts of World War I soldiers have been revealed, uncovering more details of a dark chapter in military history. A Weather Channel video (see below), tells the story. Like the famous 5,000-year-old “Ice Man” named “Ötzi“, also found in the Alps on the border between Italy and Austria, nature’s invisible trowel can often provide the initial nudge for new discoveries and study.
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