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A 3000 year old cooper mask from Argentina sheds new light on South American metalwork development

(Credit: Leticia Inés Cortés/María Cristina Scattolin/Antiquity)
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Archaeologists who have discovered the mask stated that the discovery challenges the dominant theory that South American metalworking originated in Peru. According to their estimations, the mask dates back to 1000 BC. Sources of copper ore have been found within 45 miles of the location where the mask was unearthed, which makes archaeologists speculate that metalworking could have appeared in Argentina at the same time that it was emerging in Peru. Read more on ancient-origins.net

Scientific paper on cambridge.org

Link to the RAMAR Mystery POI