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African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History
International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz

Posted on 05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT by Renfield

Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks.

A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports.

“Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the proposed expedition can help us answer some of these perplexing questions,” McIntosh said in a statement.

The coins were found by Maurie Isenberg, an Australian soldier stationed on Australia’s uninhabited Wessel Islands during World War II. In 1979, Isenberg had the coins identified by a museum who confirmed they were 1,000 years old and marked a map with an ‘X’ to remember where he found them.

The coins had been relatively forgotten for some time until McIntosh decided to spearhead an archaeological dig in the long-abandoned Wessel Islands – the first-ever since the coins’ discovery.

The expedition will seek to answer the question of how the coins came to the Australian outback and whether British explorer James Cook was one of the first to discover the "terra nullius" in 1770.

McIntosh points to shipwrecks as a possible answer as to the origins of coins in the Australian outback. The islands lie on a popular ancient trading route that linked East Africa, Arabia, India and the Spice Islands. Four of the nine coins discovered belong to the Dutch East India Company.

The five remaining coins date back from the 900s to the 1300s and come from Kilwa Sultanate, now a World Heritage ruin south of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. Besides Africa and Australia, the coins have only been spotted in Oman.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: africa; archaeology; artifacts; australia; coins; discovery; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; history; kilwa; kilwasultanate; oman; zanzibar

1 posted on 05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 05/22/2013 8:07:39 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

A couple of days ago it was European coins and now they’re African.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 8:12:09 AM PDT by knarf (uals-two logic)
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To: knarf

You can see on the article that they have Arabic writing all over them. The coins originate obviously from Arab outposts and slave colonies in Africa.


4 posted on 05/22/2013 8:17:38 AM PDT by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones)
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To: Renfield

Moochelle’s descendants taking another vacation?


5 posted on 05/22/2013 8:20:15 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Sheapdog

And of course Australia will now be claimed as part of the “Caliphate “.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 8:26:36 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: CatherineofAragon

And doing some shopping while their at it?


7 posted on 05/22/2013 8:27:06 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Renfield

What is the possibility of the coins being dropped of lost by someone who visited Africa and returned with the coins?


8 posted on 05/22/2013 8:36:01 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: Conservative4Ever

Oh, of course, LOL.

Holy cow, did I really say “descendants?” That would be ANCESTORS. More coffee....


9 posted on 05/22/2013 8:40:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: txnativegop

The possibility is around 100%.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 8:48:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: txnativegop

The idea is that someone from the time had traveled. It would not make sense that someone had these 900ad coins in 1771.. Hahahahahahaha


11 posted on 05/22/2013 8:58:38 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

That’s OK...their=they’re...yep, more coffee needed :-)


12 posted on 05/22/2013 9:11:44 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Baseballguy; txnativegop

The coins could still have been in circulation at a very late date. Charlemagne’s silver pennies remained in circulation for centuries. A 1300s coin could have been making its way around markets in Malaysia and Indonesia in the 1700s.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 9:12:08 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Only if they find other coins at the dig.
I would not carry just 1976 quarters in my pocket in 2013.


14 posted on 05/22/2013 9:14:41 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: Renfield

“Four of the nine coins discovered belong to the Dutch East India Company”.

Which proves that sub-saharan africans and the chinese had a civilization far superior than anything that came from North West Europe.


15 posted on 05/22/2013 9:20:05 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Renfield

1,000 years old coins = Rocks


16 posted on 05/22/2013 9:46:14 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Baseballguy
Only if they find other coins at the dig.

Almost half the coins were Dutch East India Company minted coins.

Which would be consistent with European travelers doing business in Java or Malaysia.

17 posted on 05/22/2013 9:59:14 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Baseballguy
Also, coinage was not recycled as quickly then as it was now.

In 1775, 100+ year old coins would have been a lot larger percentage of the money in the average person's pocket than 40+ year old coins are in someone's pocket today.

18 posted on 05/22/2013 10:04:48 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Dutch_East_India_Company We are still talking 1600
19 posted on 05/22/2013 11:19:07 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: Baseballguy
Indeed.

Created in 1602, dissolved in 1798.

My point is that a VOC employee in the 1700s could very well have, in his pocket, some of his VOC coins and also some well-worn silver coins minted in Zanzibar that made their way along the Spice Route from 1300 to 1700.

20 posted on 05/22/2013 11:38:56 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

thank you for the information. I did not know this.


21 posted on 05/23/2013 5:33:18 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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1000-year-old coins found in Northern Territory may rewrite Australian history
News.com.au | 20 May 2013 | BARBARA BARKHAUSEN
Posted on 5/20/2013 4:31:34 PM by Theoria
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3021760/posts


22 posted on 12/13/2013 8:12:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Renfield

Thanks Renfield. Somehow I managed to miss this back in May, luckily we'd had a topic about it.

23 posted on 12/13/2013 8:13:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Renfield

“On 26 February 1606, Willem Janszoon made landfall at the Pennefather River on the western shore of Cape York in Queensland, near the modern town of Weipa. This is the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent. Janszoon proceeded to chart some 320 km of the coastline, which he thought was a southerly extension of New Guinea.

Finding the land swampy and the people inhospitable (ten of his men were killed on various shore expeditions)...”

Maybe the coins were buried with one of these men.


24 posted on 12/13/2013 8:37:54 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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