Small, blue beads found by archaeologists in Alaska may have come from before Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World, according to a new study.
The beads are said to have likely been created in Venice during the 15th century and traded across Europe and Asia. However, other archaeologists suggest that the glass beads are more likely to be from the 16th or 17th century.
“These beads cannot be pre-Columbia, because Europeans weren’t making beads of this type that early,” said Elliot Blair, an assistant professor of anthropology at The University of Alabama, who had no involvement in the study. While it is uncertain what era the beads came from, the beads are indeed unique.