The latest ice age | 115,000 – 10,000 BC
Over the last 2.5 million years, there have been as many as 30 ice ages. The latest period stretched between 115,000 and 10,000 BC. The glaciers were like gigantic, slow-moving bulldozers, completely transforming the underlying rock formations; creating the fjords, the mountain peaks, the valleys, and so much more of what is the Norwegian landscape today.
During the ice age, there were long intermittent stages when the ice melted, and flora and fauna returned. Such milder periods could last for centuries. Norwegian archaeologists have found remains of both the mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros dating back to this time.
With the end of the latest ice age – some 12,000 years ago – came the beginning of time; the beginning of human history in this part of the world.
Norwegian history timeline
- The latest ice age
- The Stone age
- The Bronze age
- The Iron age
500 BC-AD 1050
- The High middle ages
- The Late middle ages
- The Early modern period
- Norway reborn as a sovereign state
- Norway in union with Sweden
- Full independence at last
- Prosperity, war and depression
- World War 2 and occupation
- The post World War 2 era
- Transformation and neoliberalism
- Technology and globalisation
BC = before Christ | AD = anno domini = after Christ
Main source: Store norske leksikon – snl.no