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The Great Ice Road

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Proof of a 2,000 kilometre polar trade route in volcanic glass dating back at least 8,000 years

 

They came from the ends of the earth': Long-distance exchange of obsidian in the High Arctic during the Early Holocene

 

Zhokhov Island in the Siberian High Arctic has yielded evidence for some of the most remote prehistoric human occupation in the world, as well as the oldest-known dog-sled technology. Obsidian artefacts found on Zhokhov have been provenanced using XRF analysis to allow comparison with known sources of obsidian from north-eastern Siberia. The results indicate that the obsidian was sourced from Lake Krasnoe approximately 1500km distantand arrived on Zhokhov Island c.8000BP. The archaeological data from Zhokhov therefore indicate a super-long-distance Mesolithic exchange network.

 

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Piney

Obsidian from Oregon had been found in Ohio and New York. It's some valuable stuff when you have a stone tool industry. 

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third_eye

Curious to think if it all started with obsidian or some genius started it all with glass ...

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