Canyon Creek Ari­zona iden­ti­fied as ma­jor source of pre-Colum­brian turquoise

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

Canyon Creek, lo­cated on the White Moun­tain Apache In­dian Reser­va­tion in east­ern Ari­zona, was one of the known turquoise sources ex­ploited by preColum­brian in­dige­nous groups, but be­fore to­day, it wasn’t con­sid­ered a sig­nif­i­cant site. A new study of the area has now shown that the mines were ac­tu­ally a ma­jor sup­plier of the bluish-green min­eral dur­ing the 13th - 14th cen­turies, when it was ex­ported to sites as far as 80 miles away. Lead iso­tope anal­y­sis of sam­ples in­di­cates that Canyon Creek turquoise is unique, mak­ing it dis­tin­guish­able from other sources in the south­west.

A piece of turquoise from Canyon Creek

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