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New evidence has surfaced suggesting that the British Isles had developed maritime trade routes with the rest of the world as early as the Bronze Age.
Researchers at Heidelburg University in Germany have discovered that 3000-year-old tin ingots found in Israel are actually from Cornwall and Devon.
Ingots - Date - BC - Sites - Turkey
The ingots, which date back to around 1,300 BC, were also found at archaeological sites in Turkey and Greece.
The findings are proof that complex and far-reaching trade routes must have existed between Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean as far back as the Bronze Age.
Materials - Tin - Amber - Glass - Copper
Raw materials like tin as well as amber, glass, and copper were highly appreciated and the driving forces of this early international trade network.
Dr Ernst Pernicka, a retired professor from Heidelberg University, said: 'Bronze was used to make weapons, jewellery, and all types of daily objects, justifiably bequeathing its name to an entire epoch.
Origin - Tin - Enigma - Research
'The origin of tin has long been an enigma in archaeological research....
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