3,000-year-old tin ingots from Cornwall found in Israel reveal island's ancient ...

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How the Britannia rules the waves in the Bronze Age: 3,000-year-old tin ingots from Devon and Cornwall found in Israel reveal island's ancient trade routes dating back to 1,300 BC  Scientists have discovered 3000-year-old tin in Israel was made in Cornwall  The Bronze age samples prove the existence of maritime trade around 1,300 BC  Tin and copper were highly prized materials that drove the trade development

By John Bennett For Mailonline

Published: 18:30 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 18:30 BST, 15 September 2019

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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.

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.

Some of the studied tin ingots from the sea off the coast of Israel dated to approximately 1300-1200 BCE

Some of the studied tin ingots from the sea off the coast of Israel dated to approximately 1300-1200 BCE

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