London: More than 200 pieces of ammunition from World War I frozen in time for nearly a century have been discovered after a glacier melted in northern Italy.

The ammunition was found at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino, the Daily Mail reported.

The 85-100 mm 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.

This allowed 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.


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