From Iceland — RVK Newscast 195: Ancient Artefacts And Weather Warnings

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Art Bicnick

Welcome back to RVK Newscast! In this episode Josie Anne checks out The National Museum of Iceland to see a very special pair of mittens that have just been dated from the time of settlement.

Yellow weather warnings for high winds have been issued across the majority of the country until Thursday (7th of July) evening, with drivers urged to travel with caution.

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A pair of mittens in the care of The National Museum of Iceland have been confirmed as being around 1,000 years old. The mittens, which are in extremely good condition, were dug up in the 1960s in Heynes, near Akranes in South West Iceland. Although archeologists at the time suspected they were from the age of settlement, it was not possible to confirm this until recently with modern dating techniques. The mittens would have belonged to child, possibly one who came over on one of the early viking boats.

Covid numbers are on the rise again in Iceland, with 44 individuals currently hospitalised with the condition. The Deputy Chief Epidemiologist, Kamilla Sigríður Jósefsdóttir, has announced that the majority of patients in intensive care are either elderly or unvaccinated.

A survey has revealed that 31% of Icelanders believe in elves. More women said they believed in elves than men, and older people as well as those from the countryside were also more likely to consider elves real.

Many thanks to the staff at The National Museum of Iceland for their expertise and warm welcome!

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