The wooden objects date from the 18th century when Russian hunters used to lived on the Svalbard archipelago. These objects require special temperature and humidity conditions to be preserved and Norwegian authorities are afraid that the current placement in the Barentsburg Museum is not adequate.

Barentsburg, on the West coast of Spitsbergen, is situated 55 km West of longyearbyen and is the second largest settlement on Svalbard after Longyearbyen, with about 400 inhabitants, Russians and Ukrainians.

According to Svalbard regulations, all historical artifacts found on the archipelago belong to Norway.

Source : Barents Observer