Proof of Ancient Asia/Alaska Trade Discovered
April 17, 2015
Archaeologists have found bronze artifacts dated at 1000 CE at the Rising Whale site in Alaska. This is further proof that ancient trade was happening between Asia and the Americas at this very early date. One of the bronze artifacts is dated at 600 CE. The bronze would have had to come from Yakutia, China, or Korea. Obsidian from Russia was also found. The trade may have been facilitated by the “Bernick” culture, who lived on both sides of the Bering Strait. They are the ancestors of the “Thule” who went as far as Greenland. The Thule are ancestors of the modern Inuit.
The team will present their research on the Rising Whale site at the Canadian Archaeological Association annual meeting in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, between April 28 and May 2.
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