Swedish archaeologists celebrate ancient find

People lived in the Torne River Valley on the border with Sweden and Finland some 11,000 years ago, an important new archaeological find has shown.

The settlement, found near Pajala in the far north of Sweden, are the oldest known find in the county of Norrbotten, according to the archaeologist Olof Östlund.

The find was uncovered when archaeologists were searching for ancient remains in the area around Kaunisvaar near Pajala where a new mine is set to open, according to a report in local newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten.

“Now the pages in the National Encyclopaedia regarding inland ice can be torn out and burned,” Östlund told the newspaper.

The archaeologists located the settlements in the beginning of September and they have now been dated with the help of radiocarbon dating.

“I had been expecting old dates. But when I saw that the first numbers were very high I felt immediately that this was bingo. When the second number was five figures – I felt faint,” Östlund explained to news agency TT.

He was surprised that the find was so old and compared it to another settlement located nearby in Kangofors five years ago. That settlement had been used 10,000 years ago.

The survey was conducted on commission from a company prospecting for mines in the vicinity of Pajala and will shed light on the first inhabitants of Norrbotten.

“So this is important. Especially as in archaological circles, in southern Sweden, the accepted theory is that there was no ancient age up here in northern Sweden it is thus important to raise the issue.”

Östlund compared the new discovery to the find in Voullerim in the middle of the 1980s of 6,000 year-old stone age shelters. Then the assumptions regarding the history of the pre-history of Norrland were revalued to take into account that people had actually lived there.

Archaeologists were also then given new types of remains to look for – and several finds were then later uncovered.



2 thoughts on “Swedish archaeologists celebrate ancient find

  1. Nero Romanticus says:

    There is no place on this earth where no man has gone
    (or come) before.

    ..and now a bit of a romantic read…

    Yet, even so, I must needs bethink me of all the supple warmth of her as
    she lay in my arms, of the velvety touch of her cheek that had by chance
    brushed my hand. Hereupon I would strive to turn my thoughts upon the
    labours of to-morrow only to find myself recalling the sound of her voice,
    now deep and soft and infinite sweet, now harsh and shrill and hatefully
    shrewish; or her golden-brown eyes, thick-lashed and marvellous quick in
    their changes from sleepy languor to flaming malevolence.

    Thus lay I, haunted of her memory and all the sudden, bewildering changes
    of her moods until at last I started up, and coming to the entrance of my
    cave, saw her standing without and the moon bright on her face.

    “Art wakeful too, Martino?” asked she softly. “‘Tis the moon belike, or the
    heat of the night.” Here she came a slow pace nearer; and her eyes were
    sweet and languorous and on her vivid mouth a smile infinite alluring.
    Slowly she drew near, thralling me as it were with the wonder of her look
    that I had neither power nor will to move or speak. Confident of herself
    and assured in her beauty she reached out her hands to me, her long lashes
    swept down, veiling her eyes; but, even then, I had seen their flash of
    triumph, and in that moment, bursting the spell that bound me, I turned
    from her.

    Martin Conisby’s Vengeance / Farnol, Jeffery, 1878-1952
    Author: Farnol, Jeffery, 1878-1952
    Title: Martin Conisby’s Vengeance

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