First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy.
More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino.
The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry.
The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue unit – operating in the area between Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio – to catch sight of the brownish metal points emerging from the ice.
The ammunition had been spread over a 100-square-metre area during a series of battles fought between the armies of Austria-Hungary and Italy between 1915 and 1918.