The researchers discovered 1000 year old artifacts in Alaska, buried in what seems to have been a house.
The artifacts prove that the New World was doing business with East Asia long before the famous Columbus voyages.
Archaeologists discovered the bronze artifacts at a digging site called the Rising Whale, near Cape Espenberg.
Owen Mason, a researcher at the University of Colorado and one of the archaeologists involved in the excavations, explained that seen from a distance, it looked like a bowhead was coming out of the ground.
The latest artifacts discovered in Alaska, combined with many others unearthed over the past 100 years, prove that items and ideas traveled from East Asia to Alaska long before Columbus made his first trip to the Caribbean Sea in 1492.
According to Mason, the 1000 year old artifacts prove that there have been interactions between Alaska and higher civilizations like China, Yakutia or Korea.
The team of archaeologists discovered two artifacts made of bronze, one of which the experts believe may have been utilized as a buckle or as a sort of fastener.
The ancient buckle had a piece of leather attached to it that the radio carbon analysis dates it back to approximately 600 A.D.
The other bronze artifact discovered may have been some sort of whistle.
Experts believe that at the time in Alaska there wasn’t any bronze manufacturing, so the artifacts would have been brought from China, Korea or a part of Russia known as Yakutia.
Also, the archaeologists discovered at the site the remains of an object made of obsidian, and based on its chemical signature, the researchers concluded that it was brought to Alaska from the Anadyr River Valley in Russia.
These recent archaeological discoveries made at the Rising Whale sites confirm that there had been trade routes connecting the Bering Strait with more advanced civilizations from East Asia long before Columbus’s journeys to the New World.
Many scientists believe that the first humans arrived in the New World approximately 15,000 years ago using a land bridge formed across the Bering Strait.
However, according to a recent genetic study, humans from East Asia traveled to the New World later than previously thought.
The team of archaeologists will present its recent findings at the Canadian Archaeological Association annual meeting that will take place in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada.
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