First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts

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.

Frozen in time: The ammunition was discovered as a glacier melted in Trentino
Explosives: More than 200 pieces of the 85-100mm caliber bullets were found

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.

Discovery: The ammunition was revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres on the Ago de Nardis peak

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