Archeologists have uncovered the origin and trading routes of razor-sharp tools used in Syria 4,200 years ago.
“This is a rare, if not unique, discovery in Northern Mesopotamia that enables new insights into changing Bronze-Age economics and geopolitics,” says Ellery Frahm, research fellow at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archeology.
“We can identify where an obsidian artifact originated because each volcanic source has a distinctive fingerprint. This is why obsidian sourcing is a powerful means of reconstructing past trade routes, social boundaries, and other information that allows us to engage in major social science debates.”
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