People Found Real Treasures of the Past Buried In Ice

The ice patch is slowly melting away with the climate change continuing its evolution on the planet. But with all the ice going away, scientists have found mind-blowing things preserved in ice. Some of these things are a doorway into our past!

Ancient Relics Discovered in Blocks of Ice

No matter how strange they are, there is a certain beauty when we look at those things frozen in time or simply… frozen! Let’s check them out in the next photos.

A Woolly Mammoth

In 2010, scientists have excavated a mammoth that was found to be 28,000-years-old! Dubbed Yuka, it was the most preserved mammoth ever discovered! The body was so well preserved that scientists could extract cells from it. Japanese are trying to clone it, and Kei Muyamoto, one of the researchers, said that it was a “significant step toward bringing mammoths back from the dead.”

Frozen Plane

While most lost treasures frozen in time are animals, scientists do stumble upon things like this military plane that crashed in 1952, in Alaska, taking with it 52 passengers. Fifty years later, the glacier melted and the plane was dug up.

An Entire Forest

Glaciers will eat anything that comes in their ways, including an entire forest. When the land is taken over by ice, the phenomenon is called moraine. Well, moraine glided over an entire forest and it had revealed a thousands-of-years-old intact forest!


Johan Reinhard was climbing Mt. Ampato, in Peru. He is an Explorer at the National Geographic Society and during his 1995 hike, he discovered a strange bundle. At a closer look, he realized it was the remains of a human. After sending it to the lab, it was discovered that it was a mummy of a 12 years old girl that died 500 years before being found by Reinhard. Looking at how she was wrapped in a bundle, it was concluded that she was an offering to the gods from the Inca culture.

A Frozen Lighthouse

Now this may not be a thing of the ancient times, but at -51 degrees, this lighthouse on Lake Michigan looked like it was part of a fairy tale. Built in 1844, St. Joseph lighthouse has been covered in a thick layer of ice for quite a few times.

Spears Older than 10,000 Years

Some of the most amazing discoveries were done after the ice patches began melting away. In the Yellowstone National Park, a forest that was as huge as Idaho, Montana and Wyoming in one place, hid a spear that was 10,300 years old.

A One of a Kind Catch

It was 2017 when two Indiana brothers discovered a very odd piece of ice on the surface of Lake Wawasee. They found two fish frozen in ice, caught in the middle of a lunch - at least for one of them was lunch time! They photographed the strange sight and uploaded it on Instagram and were so annoyed when people said it was fake. National Geographic reached out and ran a piece on the brothers’ discovery, though.

Bacteria in the Permafrost

What you may not think about it, there are plenty of things hidden under ice, including ancient bacteria. BBC news has noted that as the earth under the permafrost is revealed, viruses and bacteria are brought up and they go back to life. In 2016, a heatwave hit the Yamal Peninsula and thawed a reindeer carcass that had been infected with anthrax. The ancient anthrax had contaminated the water, soil and food supply, infecting 2,000 deer and some humans as well.

Frozen, But Alive!

In January 2016, the manager of the Swamp Park in North Carolina discovered 19 of the alligators in the park were frozen in the lake and stuck their noses up so they could breathe. The reptiles go into a state of brumation - some sort of hibernation, and just wait for the cold to go away…

The Famous Otzi Man

It happened around 5,300 years ago when a man fought for his life in the Alps. He died after being hit by an arrow and was discovered in 1991 by German hikers. Scientists have studied his body and found out that this man still has up to 19 genetic relatives that live in Austria today! They even found out that his last meal was ibex meat and pollen!

The Last Dive

Birds that snack on fish have a tough life during winter. This little kingfisher took his last dive and froze to death. The sterling specimen lives in northern Bavaria and unfortunately, every winter season, a handful of them are found like this in ice blocks.

The Mummy of a 110 Million year-old Dinosaur

In 2011 National Geographic wrote about the nodosaur that was found buried in ice in western Canada. It was so well preserved that let scientists take a better look at how dinosaurs actually looked like when alive! Shawn Funk, a heavy- machine operator at the Millennium Mine found the remains, and he first thought it was just fossilized wood! He would then find out that this was the body of a 110 million year-old plant-eating dinosaur!

Ancient Weaponry in the Rocky Mountains

In 2010, a perfectly preserved atlatl dart was discovered after a patch of ice in the Rocky Mountains melted. This weapon was still used by Aztec warriors when the Spanish conquistadors came and it even predated the bow and arrow and the sword, making it one of the oldest weapon created by modern humans.

Ice Age Pups

In the Russian region of Yakutia, a group of hunters were searching for mammoth tusks in 2016. Instead, they discovered a nose that popped out of the permafrost. That day, they discovered that they have stumbled upon two 12,460-year-old puppies. Sergei Fyodorov, the head of the exhibitions at the Mammoth Museum (North-Eastern Federal University) said: “To find a carnivorous mammal intact with skin, fur and internal organs—this has never happened before in history.”

Ancient North American Weaponry

The tribe that had created these arrowheads wasn’t known, but the weaponry was discovered in Wisconsin and come from the late archaic period. The strange thing about the arrowhead is that it looks like the modern-day fishhooks, which meant that these arrows were used for hunting. Most people at that time used wooden tools, so finding metallic arrowheads meant this tribe had an immense advancement in technology back then!

35,000 – 40,000 Years Old Saber-Tooth Fossil
The saber-tooth tiger still roamed our planet around 10,000 years ago. Until 2019, all saber-tooth tiger fossils were discovered in southern regions, but never in the north. According to CTVNews, a saber-tooth fossil was found in Alberta, Canada back in October 2019! It was concluded that the fossil was 35,000 – 40,000 years old.

Animal Feces

It doesn’t sound groundbreaking to discover animal droppings in an ice patch, but it actually is! Scientists have study caribou droppings and learned what the ancient bird ate, where it was able to find that food and how much it roamed to reach the food.

A Frozen Fox in the Danube River

In 2017, a hunter named Franz Stehle saw an animal frozen in ice in the Danube river, in southwestern Germany. So far, he saw a frozen deer and a frozen wild boar, and noted this was quite a common sight. Nonetheless, it looks incredible.

Sasha the Wooly Rhino

While we know rhinos are hairless today and they roam Africa, around 10,000 years ago, they had fur and roamed colder regions as well. In 2015, a Woolly Rhino was discovered in the coldest area in Russia - Sakha. Scientists couldn’t determine its gender and called it Sasha, but its teeth revealed that the poor creature had died at the age of seven months.

A 340 Years Old Willow Bow

Canadian ice patch archaeologist Tom Andrews found a willow bow that was 340 years old and it would have been used to hunt elk or reindeer. He was excited to see that someone had created this bow so many hundreds of years ago, knowing that willow was the perfect wood to create such a weapon.

Two Frozen Moose

It was 2016, and right outside a village on the west coast of Alaska, Brad Webster found the most amazing sight. The middle school social studies teacher couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw these two frozen moose. The heads of the moose ended up mounted on his wall.

The Donkeys Were Still Alive!

In other frozen-animals-news, here’s some heartwarming details about the two poor frozen donkeys that were found in Siverek (southeastern Turkey). One harsh winter, the animals were outside and froze, but rescue workers took them inside an animal shelter and they survived!

Frozen Squids

The Melbourne Aquarium in Australia has a 23-foot squid frozen in a block of ice. In 2014, a giant squid was found in a block of ice and it was sent to the Queensland Museum to be put on display as well!

Bronze Age Viking Tools

The melting ice patches in Norway’s highest mountains revealed skis from Viking Age traders, but also Neolithic arrows and clothing that was created in the Bronze Age.

Unlucky Frog

Aquatic frogs don’t migrate before the winter. Some of them hibernate in the bush, but it seems this one wasn’t fast enough to run to shelter in time.