It has come to light that Eurasian metals were being bartered on the Alaskan coast before any Europeans landed in the New World.
Two bronze objects found in Alaska show that Asians landed in the New World hundreds of years prior to any Europeans coming into contact with the Americas. This news is not so much of a shocker.
Evidence for it had been building up over time and now finally the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Eurasian metal was traded in the region long before the Europeans ventures on their voyages of discovery.
The alloys that have been discovered were made in Eurasia and then taken to Siberia. They got bartered across the Bering Strait to the Inuits who are also called the Thule people.
The setting for this was Alaska. Many local metals such as copper and iron from various sources were used by the Ancient Inuits as tools and to display superiority of status. Among the things unearthed were a bead and a buckle.
They were leaded bronze objects of interest. They date back to a period from 1100 – 1300 AD. That was of course before any Europeans came to the New World.
The findings were published in the Elsevier's Journal of Archaeological Science. This discovery has some pretty interesting results. For one thing, the Arctic will be seen from now onwards as not such a primitive and backwards place.
It was termed a technologically failed region due to the small amount of people extant there. Yet now we know better. There was a whole lot going on there that we are not aware of in our ignorance.
The locals were busy obtaining metals for tools and artefacts from elsewhere. Metal objects rarely survive the test of time. They gather rust and dust and disintegrate before long. Yet the discovery of these few objects shows the mirror to our advanced civilization. Others were there before us.
The objects of interest found were well preserved thanks to the conditions of the times when they were crafted. The leaded bronze used to make them consists of tin, copper and lead.
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The belt buckle is old and probably took quite some industrial processes to make in the first place. In fact, it resembles the belt buckles used by the Chinese much later in history. The items that have been unearthed are being analyzed with X-ray fluorescence technology at present.