Civilization May Have Collapsed in 1200 B.C.E. but the Silver Trade Didn’t, Researchers Discover

Ancient Israelites, Canaanites and others in the southern Levant had to import silver. Now we know from where

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Hacksilber found in Megiddo, in northern Israel.
Hacksilber found in Megiddo, in northern Israel.Credit: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
Modern bars of silver. Hacksilber was one of the prehistoric commodities that people exchanged for goods.Credit: Michael Dalder/REUTERS
Silver cuts from ingots used for pre-currency trade.Credit: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority

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