Norwegian Archaeologists Unveil Face of Stone Age Hitra Man

The 4,000-year-historic skeletal stays of a Scandinavian man had been point to in 1916 on the island of Hitra, Norway.

The Hitra man modified into spherical 169 cm remarkable, stunning-haired and blue-eyed. Image credit rating: Thomas Foldberg / Åge Hojem / NTNU University Museum.

The Hitra man modified into spherical 169 cm remarkable, stunning-haired and blue-eyed. Image credit rating: Thomas Foldberg / Åge Hojem / NTNU University Museum.

“In 1916, a road up the hill to Fausland farm on the island of Hitra modified into being upgraded, the command of gravel from the shore alongside the innermost a part of Barmfjorden,” mentioned Dr. Birgitte Skar and her colleagues at NTNU University Museum.

“Without be aware, the employees noticed some human bones in between the total sand and stones.”

“The bones belonged to a man who modified into roughly 25 years of age and who had died at the very dwell of the Stone Age, 4,000 years ago.”

“We rep that he drowned. When he died, the ocean stage modified into 12.5 m greater than it is this day, and the discovery dwelling would were at a depth of 4 m.”

The archaeologists moreover found and studied Hitra man’s dagger and arm guard.

“The arm guard is an oblong share of bone with two holes in it that would possibly were connected to the wrist of the hand keeping a bow,” they mentioned.

“The guard would offer protection to the wrist from the blow the bow string made when firing arrows.”

“These objects of kit would possibly per chance also point to he modified into a warrior.”

“It’s no longer imaginable to screech whether the drowning happened as a outcomes of fight or whether it modified into an accident,” Dr. Skar mentioned.

“What we enact know is that the Hitra man lived in a extremely turbulent period.”

“As much as that point, most other folks lived as hunter-gatherers, and it wasn’t till the very dwell of the Stone Age — within the path of the time the Hitra man lived — that agriculture turned into fully established in Norway.”

“Aspects of agriculture had been launched in southern and jap Norway earlier, nevertheless in central Norway, alongside the skim within the west and in northern Norway, agriculture modified into first established within the path of this period.”

“We mediate that agriculture modified into launched by migrating other folks that arrived in Norway to salvage more land — and as well they had been willing to make command of weapons to enact so.”

“We have to as a result of this fact effect aside a query to that there were violent clashes between the people that already lived right here and the newcomers.”

“The unique other folks introduced unique knowledge to the country: about animal husbandry and agriculture, nevertheless moreover just a few obvious method of organizing society.”

“They lived in hierarchical societies, had a obvious working out of the realm, every other faith, and a mammoth network of contacts down in Europe.”

“This knowledge ended in principal modifications, politically, economically and socially.”

“There would possibly be tranquil grand we don’t know about this dramatic period in Scandinavian history, and analysis is ongoing.”

“Exact now, his DNA is being analyzed at the Lundbeck Basis Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen.”