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A new study of intricatel­y decorated ostrich eggs found in Italy suggests that the ancient world was more interconne­cted than previously thought. By comparing chemical analysis of the shells with 21st-century examples, researcher­s were able to trace their origins – revealing that the artefacts could have been traded across the Mediterran­ean, north Africa and the Middle East during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Archaeolog­ists from the universiti­es of Durham and Bristol also attempted to replicate the methods used to produce decorative patterns (such as those seen below), but were unable to do so.

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