Some artifacts are stunning. A 2,500 year-old ritual bronze cauldron was found on the bottom of the lake. The subtlety of its craftsmanship is amazing. Such excellent quality of joining details together can be presently obtained by metalwork in an inert gas. How did ancient people achieve their high-tech perfection? Also of superb workmanship are bronze mirrors, festive horse harnesses and many other objects. Articles identified as the world's oldest extant coins were also found underwater-gold wire rings used as small change and a large hexahedral goldpiece.
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kbs2244 wrote:Well, they did call them Scythian burial mounds.
So we do have Celts in the mountains east of the Caspian.
I don’t know why not.
They and red ocher seem to pop up every where.
The Celt and the Scythian had very similar burial customs.
But I don’t know about any connection with the unique carving done on the “standing stones” of the European Celts and anything in this area.
Four cities. Maybe one for whatever culture the caravan felt comfortable with?
That would bring up the prospect of a local, inter-city trade. Interchanging things the long distance traders who felt comfortable with one culture bringing onto the market things some other long distance culture wanted but didn’t feel comfortable dealing direct for.
Each would have it’s own “comfort zone” of people they dealt with. And those people would deal among themselves.
But then we do have Tartan plaids in the burials in the high China desert don’t we? It would be on the way.
Maybe an early Celt outpost? The base from which some went farther East?
BTW, no real connection to the above, other than mankind’s never to be denied need to do trade with “the people on the other side of the mountain.”
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Rokcet Scientist wrote:And don't forget the heroin, cannabis, tobacco, and cocaïne found in about 1/3rd of ancient Egyptian mummies! Which indicate not just trade, but global, and regular trade!
Minimalist wrote:I guess he means this, John.
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