Σάββατο, 16 Ιουλίου 2016

Old World metal objects found in Alaska, dating from hundreds of years before European contact





Old_World_Metal_Alaska_Dated_Before_European_Arrival_1Credit: Jeremy Foin/University of California, Davis
According to Purdue University researchers, Cape Espenberg on the northwestern coast of Alaska has yielded two objects made of metal that was originally sourced from the Old World, specifically Eurasia. This particular Alaskan area on the Seward Peninsula was inhabited by the Thule people, who are considered as the ancestors of all modern Inuit. Their culture was originally pronounced around the Bering Strait (circa 200 BC), but migrations led to their spreading westward even to Greenland by 1300 AD. As for the objects in question here, the two items pertain to a cylindrical bead and a fragment of a small buckle strap-guide.