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Ancient bronze artifact from East Asia unearthed at Alaska archaeology site
University of Colorado at Boulder ^ | November 14, 2011

Posted on 11/14/2011 11:20:33 AM PST by decimon

Artifact resembles small, broken buckle, could have been horse ornament

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered the first prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast ever found in Alaska, a small, buckle-like object found in an ancient Eskimo dwelling and which likely originated in East Asia.

The artifact consists of two parts -- a rectangular bar, connected to an apparently broken circular ring, said CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker, who is leading the excavation project. The object, about 2 inches by 1 inch and less than 1 inch thick, was found in August by a team excavating a roughly 1,000-year-old house that had been dug into the side of a beach ridge by early Inupiat Eskimos at Cape Espenberg on the Seward Peninsula, which lies within the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.

Both sections of the artifact are beveled on one side and concave on the other side, indicating it was manufactured in a mold, said Hoffecker, a fellow at CU-Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. A small piece of leather found wrapped around the rectangular bar by the research team yielded a radiocarbon date of roughly A.D. 600, which does not necessarily indicate the age of the object, he said.

"I was totally astonished," said Hoffecker. "The object appears to be older than the house we were excavating by at least a few hundred years."

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs

Caption: A National Science Foundation-funded excavation led by the University of Colorado Boulder to look at human response to climate change on the Seward Peninsula in Alaska some 1,000 years ago has yielded a bronze artifact resembling a buckle that was found inside an ancient house dug into the side of a sand-covered beach ridge once occupied by Inupiat Eskimos. The object is the first prehistoric bronze artifact made from a cast ever found in Alaska and appears to have originated in East Asia.

Credit: Jeremy Foin, University of California, Davis

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1 posted on 11/14/2011 11:20:35 AM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Over wrought ping.


2 posted on 11/14/2011 11:21:20 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

You mean the indians came from China???? Hard to make moo goo gai pan out of bison.


3 posted on 11/14/2011 11:24:42 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blam
May be of interest to you both.

FMCDH(BITS)

4 posted on 11/14/2011 11:27:06 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: decimon

There are remarkable finds relating to the wide extent of global trade in the ancient and medieval eras. For instance, one viking archaeological site had a jade carved Buddha.


5 posted on 11/14/2011 11:28:47 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: decimon

Cool.


6 posted on 11/14/2011 11:32:34 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: decimon

600 A.D. is “prehistoric”? Maybe at that “house”.


7 posted on 11/14/2011 11:33:54 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: decimon
to look at human response to climate change

Sigh, guess you gotta do what you gotta do to get a grant.

8 posted on 11/14/2011 12:35:13 PM PST by DManA
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To: decimon

Book of Mormon “oops” ping.


9 posted on 11/14/2011 12:45:41 PM PST by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: decimon

We have always been at war with Eastasia!


10 posted on 11/14/2011 12:52:10 PM PST by HarleyWoodrowMantz
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To: blueunicorn6

Some early, prehistoric, human migrants to the Americas (particularly the further north you look) DID most likely come from East Asia - and no that does not particularly mean China.

It more likely means the northern coast of East Asia, along the Korean peninsula and what is now the eastern sea coast of North Korea, and north along the eastern sea coast of Siberia/Kamchatka, as well as along the northern Japanese Islands.

These migrants from East Asia were most likely sea coast fishermen (and their families) and they followed the sea coast and the northern Pacific sea currents as they hopped their way across the northern Pacific, Island to Island, and most likely at a time when the Bearing sea was both lower (more islands) and warmer (less ice).

One does not have to be an archeologists or an anthropologist to see the “Asian” influences in the physical attributes of peoples like the Eskimos.


11 posted on 11/14/2011 1:30:56 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Thane_Banquo

That doesn’t surprise me too much. The Vikings controlled the amber trade, and the Amber Road was pretty much an extension of the Silk Road, so I can see how a rare piece like that might wind its way up there occasionally.


12 posted on 11/14/2011 4:04:21 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: decimon; El Sordo; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks decimon. Whoops, better ping this one as well, it is the older of the two. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


13 posted on 11/16/2011 6:29:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bump!!!


14 posted on 11/16/2011 6:45:00 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

And the copper in the early bronze seems to have come from Lake Superior’s shore.


15 posted on 11/16/2011 8:07:23 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: decimon

Balderdash. The man is delusional and fabricating a history from thin air.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 8:36:28 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

“Prehistoric” in this sense would mean “dating to a time before the written history of the area” or “before recorded history.” That is, of course, the actual definition of the word “prehistoric.”


17 posted on 11/18/2011 10:26:34 AM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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