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Italy’s Melting Glaciers Contain the Preserved Bodies of WWI Soldiers


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In one of the strangest consequences of global warming yet, glaciers far north in the Italian Alps are slowly melting to reveal the frozen corpses of soldiers killed during World War I.

How did the ice-preserved bodies get to the small Alpine village of Peio? They were casualties of the White War, an obscure part of WWI. In May 1915, a newly united Italy decided to join the war on the side of the Allies, opening up a front on the northern border of the country which abutted the enemy Hapsburgs, part of the Central Powers. Far up in the mountains at elevations of over 6,500 feet, Italian troops called the Alpini fought their Austrian equivalent, the Kaiserschützen, with specialized weapons and infrastructure like ice trenches and cable transport systems.

As global warming has intensified over the past few decades, first soldiers’ personal affects like diaries and letters melted out of…

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Tunisia: Dougga


The link below is to an article that takes a look at Dougga in Tunisia, the best preserved Roman town in Africa.

For more visit:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dougga-thugga-tunisia


Article: Shipwreck Buried for Preservation in Victoria


Burying what is discovered in order to preserve it because it is too expensive to do otherwise – I can’t say I’m a fan of doing that. I understand the reasoning behind it, I do, but surely our history needs to be preserved in a manner that people who are outside the elite, rich, know, etc, can also have an opportunity to embrace and cherish it. Burying it again, it is pretty much gone forever and will not be able to be viewed again. I think it is a tragic loss.

Post your thoughts on the practice in the comments – would be interested to hear them.

The link below is to an article reporting on a shipwreck buried again for preservation in Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/historic-shipwreck-buried-in-seafloor.htm


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