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Provenancing the first obsidian artefact discovered in Belarus

  • Vitali Asheichyk (a1), Yaroslav Kuzmin (a2) (a3), Michael D. Glascock (a4), Mikola Kryvaltsevich (a1), Evgeny Girya (a5) and Aliaksandr Vashanau (a1)...
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Geochemical analysis of the first obsidian artefact discovered in Belarus reveals its source to be the Trans-Caucasus, rather than the expected Carpathian source for prehistoric obsidian in Eastern Europe.

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