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Ancient trade in copper

Postby supporttheunderdog » Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:11 am

Recent research has shown that Cypriot copper, which was naturally of great purity, was being traded to Scandinavia about as far as 1700 BCE, / 3700 BP.

The interesting thing is Scandinavian rock carvings which not only show ox-hide ingots but Mediterranean style ships, indicating that at least some ancient Swedes travelled to the Med from about that time.

Representations of oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art: the sketchbook of a Bronze Age traveller?
Johan Ling and Zoa Stos-Gale
Antiquity / Volume 89 / Issue 343 / February 2015, pp 191 - 209 DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2014.1, Published online: 30 January 2015:

http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0003598X14000015
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Re: Ancient trade in copper

Postby Lordo » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:52 am

this is very interesting topic as it took place before the bastard greeks invaded our beloved cyprus.
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Re: Ancient trade in copper

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:53 am

Lordo wrote:this is very interesting topic as it took place before the bastard greeks invaded our beloved cyprus.


To be more precise: it took place before the development of two bastard religions.



supporttheunderdog wrote:Recent research has shown that Cypriot copper, which was naturally of great purity, was being traded to Scandinavia about as far as 1700 BCE, / 3700 BP.

The interesting thing is Scandinavian rock carvings which not only show ox-hide ingots but Mediterranean style ships, indicating that at least some ancient Swedes travelled to the Med from about that time.

Representations of oxhide ingots in Scandinavian rock art: the sketchbook of a Bronze Age traveller?
Johan Ling and Zoa Stos-Gale
Antiquity / Volume 89 / Issue 343 / February 2015, pp 191 - 209 DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2014.1, Published online: 30 January 2015:

http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0003598X14000015



Images identified as oxhide ingots have been discovered in Sweden and suggest that people from Scandinavia were familiar with this characteristically Mediterranean trading commodity.


What exactly is this - and in what way can it be characterized as a "Mediterranean trading commodity"?
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