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Evidence of Viking/Norse metalworking in Arctic Canada


A small stone container found by archaeologists a half-century ago has now been recognized as further evidence of a Viking or Medieval Norse presence in Arctic Canada during the centuries around 1000 A.D.

Researchers reporting in the journal Geoarchaeology discovered that the interior of the container, which was found at an archaeological site on southern Baffin Island, contains fragments of bronze as well as small spherules of glass that form when rock is heated to high temperatures. The object is a crucible for melting bronze, likely in order to cast it into small tools or ornaments. Indigenous peoples of northern North America did not practice high-temperature metalworking.

The Norse would likely have travelled to the area to obtain furs and walrus ivory. "The crucible adds an intriguing new element to this emerging chapter in the early history of northern Canada," said lead author Dr. Patricia Sutherland, who has recovered other specimens in Arctic Canada that resemble those used by Europeans of the Viking and Medieval periods. "It may be the earliest evidence of high-temperature nonferrous metalworking in North America to the north of what is now Mexico."



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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Dec-2014 at 11:02
very obscure info...maybe my google chrome does not opens it full?!?
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  Quote red clay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Dec-2014 at 17:10
Sounds like a couple of Canadian archs angling for more grant cash from the Can. gov.  There are known smelter sites all over the Northern states. Some dated at 3,000 bce and earlier.  The rich copper deposits in the Great Lakes area were not unknown.
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  Quote Centrix Vigilis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Dec-2014 at 18:58
It's what's called a pass link....linking info from a parent site. tho eureka alert is it's own sometimes it wont play. See:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141215154800.htm
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if that don't work go directly to Science Daily.
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Originally posted by red clay

Sounds like a couple of Canadian archs angling for more grant cash from the Can. gov.  There are known smelter sites all over the Northern states. Some dated at 3,000 bce and earlier.  The rich copper deposits in the Great Lakes area were not unknown.


*fair enough. but it wasn't that angle that perked my interest. but rather it also 'presents' and without equivocation the interpretation of physical evidence by later scholars. and then the presentation of that piece of evidence as if it were possibly 'new'. whether the base question is irrefutable or not...remains up for speculation snd debate based on the context of smelting and available evidences.


*the apparent difference in question lies here:

''and North American copper finds dated to approximately 5000 BCE.[2] The metal would have been found in nature without need for smelting techniques and shaped into the desired form using heat and cold hammering techniques without chemically altering it by alloying it. To date "no one has found evidence that points to the use of melting, smelting and casting in prehistoric eastern North America."[3].


3. Martin, S.R. (1999). Wonderful Power: The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin. Great Lakes Books Series. Wayne State University Press. p. 136.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallurgy_in_pre-Columbian_America


'the key' from the press release being 'bronze'.... which is an alloy and requires higher forms of metallurgy than the ancients of the NA region in question had allegedly possessed.

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