Furthermore, archaeologists face difficulties when actually handling artifacts that have been preserved in glaciers. Instead of being perfectly preserved, many finds are irreparably damaged by their time inside the glacier. Indeed, the ice’s momentum sometimes leaves them crushed – and what’s left of them is often then deposited at the glacier’s mouth.
Luckily, relics that are preserved in ice patches are stationery and therefore not damaged by movement. They are instead literally frozen into place by the ice. And as there’s almost no risk of these patches sliding away (unless they become glaciers), the finds can be discovered in locations near to where they were originally left.