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Mont Blanc glacier melt reveals perfectly preserved newspapers from 1966

July 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Thimotee Mottin, manager of the cafe-restaurant Cabane du Cerro near the Bossons glacier, poses on July 9, 2020, at his cafe near Chamonix in the French Alps, with copies of Indian newspapers likely to have been on board the Air India Boeing 707 "Kangchenjunga" aircraft that crashed in the nearby Mont Blanc massif on January 24, 1966. - A dozen newspapers dated January 20 and 21, 1966, including some with Indian headlines announcing the election of Indira Gandhi, India's only women prime minister, were found by Mottin on July 7, 2020, on the Bossons glacier which regularly spits out remains of the crash. (Photo by Bernard BARRON / AFP) (Photo by BERNARD BARRON/AFP via Getty Images)

A cache of preserved newspapers from 1966 has emerged from a melting glacier in France, the latest in a string of objects that have been revealed as the glacier retreats.

(CNN)A cache of preserved newspapers from 1966 has emerged from a melting glacier in France, the latest in a string of objects that have been revealed as the glacier retreats.

Café-owner Timothée Mottin found about a dozen newspapers dating from January 20 and 21, 1966 near the Bossons Glacier, southeastern France, he told CNN.

The newspapers are "in a very good state, you can read them, unfold them," he said.

The Bossons Glacier is the largest ice fall in Europe, according to the French government, and descends from the summit of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe.

The business is right next to the glacier at an altitude of over 4,400 feet, and Mottin often finds objects in the ice.

"As the glacier is advancing, it brings with it objects from the top of the Mont Blanc," he said.

"For now, the newspapers will be displayed in the restaurant/cabin that is just by the glacier, and then, we will see, maybe I'll give it to a museum," he said.

The newspapers may have been on board an Air India Boeing 707 named "Kanchenjunga" that crashed on Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966, killing 117.

Debris from the wrecks routinely emerges from the bottom of the glacier, including metal, wire and even a piece of landing gear discovered in 1986, according to a Mont Blanc tourist site.

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