Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.
A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.
Archeologists at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have discovered a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England that dates as far back as the Bronze Age, or about 2500 B.C. The route’s existence implies that gold workers in Ireland chose to import the metal from Cornwall despite likely knowing how to extract the material from local deposits – suggesting variations in how the two cultures regarded gold, according to Dr. Chris Standish, the study’s lead author.