University of Southampton, United Kingdom – Researchers here have come up with proofs of a prehistoric route of trade that passed from Ireland to Southwest England. This route has a great importance from the point view of those researchers who wanted to measure the value of gold in diverse cultures. It also emphasizes upon how it was endured in various cultures.
Reflection of this new study:
Archeologists at the United Kingdom’s the University Of Southampton had discovered the lost route of trade in between Ireland and Southwest England, which was as old as Bronze Age dating back in 2500 BC. This discovery had open the horizon of their knowledge about the people’s skill at that time. It proves they not only knew the way to extract the gold but were also involved in importing this metal too from Cornwall. It also focuses how these cultures valued gold as describe by the lead author of this research, Dr. Chris Standish.
Result of this research:
Cornwall people found it more convenient and suitable to trade and earn wanted goods rather than preserving it with them. Dr. Chris Standish shared it in one of the press conferences. The bizarre origin of gold at Ireland shows why here the gold was imported? Probably for production, as remarked by Dr. Standish.
Unlike today when gold has so high value, during ancient time gold has more belief system as claimed by the findings. Gold has occupied the lead position as exchange medium in International trade after 1500 B.C. Earlier, Egyptians also believed that gold holds certain spiritual powers that they earn from sun and results in burying their surrounding with gold ornaments and other objects. South America’s pre colonies faith gold as a rank and divine status. On the other hand, Incas follows the complete spiritual meaning of the yellow metal that calls it to be the perspiration of sun. Ancient Columbian used it for covering the monarch skin with El Dorado as a live example.
It may be the Ireland that followed such spiritual belief that lead to the international trades, concluded by the research of the University of Southampton. Materials that have their origin in other land are often connected with mystical powers and those who get them, turned them into certain artifacts or preserved to exhibited powers. According to the study, it had no universal value till the world get their first gold coin. It was approximately two thousand years ago. Dr. Alistair Pike, who was this research’s co-author, had concluded that the economies of prehistoric time was driven by belief system and was not driven by commodities trade and followed by more complex factors.
The mystical method was used by Dr. Pike and his colleagues in this research.
Laser ablation mass spectrometry technique was used to test the lead isotopes from the samples of gold of Bronze Age from National Museum of Ireland. After comparing the composition, it was concluded that they had their origin in Cornwall.