Topic ID #37442 - posted 10/2/2016 3:20 PM

Asian Metal Found in Alaska Reveals Trade Centuries Before European Contact



A bronze buckle and a cylindrical metal bead found in Alaska are the first hard evidence of trade between Asia and the indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic, centuries before contact with Europeans, archaeologists say.

An analysis of the artifacts has shown that they were smelted in East Asia out of lead, copper, and tin, before finding their way to an indigenous village some 700 years ago.


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