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Extraordinary archaeological finds uncovered

Since May when the archaeological dig started at Aukra outside Molde in southern Norway, the archaeologists have uncovered 100,000 items from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

This was reported by the paper Adresseavisen.

The archaeological dig in Aukra is one of the largest projects in Norway ever.

It is the planned plant to transport gas from the Ormen Lange field that has made this archaeological dig absolutely necessary. The construction of gas pipes will affect 33 protected culture spots. The archaeological work is done by the education institution NTNU, and the oil companies are picking up the NOK 69.5 million tab.

The finds located so far been extraordinary. The oldest artefacts have been dated to 9000 BC. On the grounds where people who came to here just after the first ice age lived, the archaeologists have so far found twelve fireplaces and many special artefacts.

As many as 60 people have been working in the field at one time and in contrast to common practice, the dig will continue through the fall until winter because the archaeologists are in a hurry. The construction workers are ready to replace them as soon as next summer.

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