One of Most Important Archaeological Finds – Ever?

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The Pink Flamingo is an archaeological buff.  In another life, were things perfect, I would have become an archaeologist.  One of my pet theories is that the ancients were far more traveled than we want to think they were.  There was a tremendous amount of cross cultural travel and “pollination” of ideas.  I’m still waiting for someone to come up with an explanation of why there is a Roman galley wrecked off the Brazilian coast.  They’ve yet to come up with a logical explanation, other than it somehow ended up there.

Now, there is the fact that three glass beads – Roman, have shown up in an ancient Japanese grave.  This is huge – massive.  The implications are massive – proving my theory.  If I am correct, and increasingly new discoveries point to the fact that I am, we are going to need to rewrite ancient history.

“...Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century “Utsukushi” burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto, were probably made some time between the first and the fourth century, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said.

The government-backed institute has recently finished analysing components of the glass beads, measuring five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diametre, with tiny fragments of gilt attached.

It found that the light yellow beads were made with natron, a chemical used to melt glass by craftsmen in the empire, which succeeded the Roman Republic in 27 BC and was ultimately ended by the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

The beads, which have a hole through the middle, were made with a multilayering technique — a relatively sophisticated method in which craftsmen piled up layers of glass, often sandwiching gold leaf in between.

“They are one of the oldest multilayered glass products found in Japan, and very rare accessories that were believed to be made in the Roman Empire and sent to Japan,” said Tomomi Tamura, a researcher at the institute.

The Roman Empire was concentrated around the Mediterranean Sea and stretched northwards to occupy present-day England. The finding in Japan, some 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) from Italy, may shed some light on how far east its influence reached, Tamura said. …”

The problem with these new discoveries is that they are making the politically correct view of ancient history even more difficult to maintain.  It will be interesting to see what happens with this one.  A discovery like this cannot be swept up under the politically correct carpet of ignorance. If Roman influence made it all the way to Japan, then maybe some of the alleged Roman artifacts found in North America will need to be recognized.

Pre-Columbian contact (or trans cultural diffusion) is still considered the “fringe” in archaeology.  It is a bit puzzling because of the growing body of evidence that just such contacts occurred.  It took decades for the Norse expeditions to be recognized.

 

 

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