A Possible Bedrock Source for Obsidian Found in Archeological Sites in Northwestern Alaska

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Science  21 Aug 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3947, pp. 760-761
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3947.760


Recently discovered deposits of obsidian in the Koyukuk valley may be the long-sought-for source of obsidian found in archeological sites in northwestern Alaska. Obsidian from these deposits compares favorably in physical characteristics and sodium-manganese ratio with the archeological obsidian, and there is evidence that the deposits have been "mined" in the past.

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