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Ancient Artifacts Found Among Charity Shop Donations

Dozens of historical artifacts—including arrowheads, copper spear tips, glass shards from old medicine bottles, axe heads, a metal chain, and more—were found wrapped in tissue paper in a bin left among donations for Reykjavík’s Good Shepherd charity shop, reports. Scholars at the National Museum of Iceland are now seeking information on the provenance of the items.

The plastic bin was left at a Good Shepherd collection point in Kopavógur on Friday. Ármann Guðmundsson, an archeologist at the museum, says that this is, of course, very unusual. One of the copper spear tips could be of foreign origin, he explained in an interview with RÚV, and the axe heads could date back to medieval times. “What’s maybe the strangest,” said Ármann, are the sixteen arrowheads found among the artifacts. “They are of all kinds of shapes and makes and some of them look like they could conceivably be foreign…”

Ármann encouraged anyone with any information about the items to be in touch with the museum. “First and foremost, we’re looking for further information about their provenance.”

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