By John Bennett For Mailonline
Published: 18:30 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 18:30 BST, 15 September 2019
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