AQt https://phys.org/news/2021-05-scrap-cash-bronze-age-witnessed.html … prior to the invention of coins people still had a cash orientated economy it would seem. The bronze age witnessed the use of scap metal as a medium of exchange. Scrap bronze was in effect a form of money. However, to make it work weights were used to weigh the scrap and give it a value. The system was in use over a wide area of Europe, it is thought. However, the invention of scrap metal and weighing technology goes back to the Near East, as long ago as 3000BC [the beginning of the Early Bronze Age in that part of the world.
At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2021/04/30/tiwanaku-4/ … we have a bit of speculation about Tiahuanaco [or Tiwanaku], a citadel in the mountains of Bolivia. C14 methodology, we are told, consitently date the citadel around 700BC but the author cleary thinks it might be much older. It even says C14 is an unreliable dating methodology. It might have been 50 years ago but that is hardly the case in the modern world -even though Zahi Hawass in Egypt is sceptical of its veracity. The main claim is that Tiwenaku was a port city – yet is stranded high in the Andes, and nowhere near a body of water.
At https://phys.org/news/2021-05-unique-bronze-age-south-alingss.html … which is about finds in Alingas in Sweden, a bronze age hoard.
William sent in a link to www.yahoo.com/news/florida-divers-columbian-mammoth-leg-235224053.html … Florida beaches give up all sorts of odd things. In this instance divers found embedded in sand a giant Columbian leg bone. It dates from the Ice Age period – possibly around 50 to 40,000 years ago. It may even go back 100,000 years ago, roughly at the time of the last interglacial.