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WWI ammunition found in Italian glacier


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A melting Italian glacier has revealed vintage WWI ammunition, reports, in a curious case of global-warming meeting military history. reports that about 200 rounds of 85/100 millimeter ordnance have been yielded by the receding glacier in Trentino, an autonomous district of Northern Italy. 

It's thought that the vintage ammunition got there during battles between Italy and Austrian-Hungarian armies, says MSNBC, somewhere between 1915 and 1918. 

Weapons buffs should probably hold up on the plane tickets, though: munition disposal experts were called in to take away the bullets, says MSNBC. 

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Glaciers have been known to reveal other secrets: there's the famous Ice Man, for example, a prehistoric human dwelling in Italy's Tyrol mountains, who died between 3350 and 3100 BC, and was then incredibly well preserved by the ice.

Read more: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology - Otzi the Ice Man 

His body has proved to be a remarkable boon to scientists interested in how our earliest ancestors lived—he even had tattoos. 

All those movie tropes about wooly mammoths and other ancient creatures being preserved in ice is, actually, a bit true (though none have come to life and gone on entertaining rampages in New York City). 

Siberia is especially well known as a hot-bed of wooly mammoth findings: in April, the BBC reported that scientists had found a 10,000 year old mammoth carcass, frozen in the ice and with its reddish fur still intact.