Archaeologist Finds Oldest Known Gold Artifacts in the Americas

By , April 3, 2008 8:42 pm

Archaeologist Finds Oldest Known Gold Artifacts in the Americas
The site Aldenderfer and the others excavated included a burial that contained a necklace made of turquoise and native gold that had been hammered into shape, and may have belonged to someone with an elevated rank in the community.

Carbon-14 dates for Jiskairumoko range from 2155 to 1936 B.C., making the necklace about 4,000 years old, and some 600 years older than the previous earliest known gold artifacts in South America, or anywhere else in the Americas.
Gold and Turquoise Necklace

Since the Egyptians were building the pyramids and working all kinds of metals at that time it really isn’t that surprising. I suspect the more we dig the more we’ll find on this side of the pond… πŸ˜‰

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