RAS lent the Arctic treasures to the British Museum

13.01.2020

RAS lent the Arctic treasures to the British Museum

The Russian Academy of Sciences donated rare finds aged under 28 thousand years to the British Museum for an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Arctic and its inhabitants, The Guardian reports.

Sewing needles and jewelry from tusks of mammoths and walrus tusks were dug up in Siberia due to the melting of ice. They will be presented to the public for the first time at the largest exhibition dedicated to the Arctic region.

According to archaeologist Jago Cooper, curator of the British Museum’s collection from the Americas, excavations in northeast Siberia have been surprisingly successful. At the same time, he emphasized the tragedy of the situation, since valuable artifacts were obtained due to catastrophic climate changes.

"Since Arctic ice is melting, permafrost is also melting. Those things that served the ancient people who lived in these parts were preserved in excellent condition due to low temperatures," the expert said.

The most amazing exhibit will be the Inuit sleigh from Greenland made from the bones of narwhal and reindeer. They were acquired by British polar explorer John Ross during an expedition in 1818.

The exhibition will take place at the British Museum from May 28 to August 23.


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