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Tumbaga Object from the Early Classic Period, Found at Altun Ha, British Honduras (Belize)

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Science  03 Apr 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3927, pp. 116-118
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3927.116

Abstract

Excavations at Altun Ha, British Honduras (Belize), have yielded a claw-shaped bead of tumbaga, a gold-copper alloy, occurring as part of an Early Classic offering. Stratigraphic evidence plus radiocarbon dates place the cache at or before A.D. 500, and stylistic elements indicate a source for the bead in the Coclé culture of central Panama.