June 8, 2016
Alaska/Siberia Pre-Columbian Metal Trade Found
Several bronze and copper objects found in Alaska are the first evidence of metal trade with Asia in Pre-Columbian times. They are smelted alloys made in Eurasia and traded from Siberia to Alaska. Two of the items, a bead and buckle, are heavily leaded bronze dated to 1100-1330 CE. What was a backwater area of Alaska was engaging in trade with Siberia. The buckle could have been part of a horse harness in use in China around 1100 CE.
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