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Ingots

In the Bronze Age, metal ingots were shaped like ox-hides, not like the rectangular bars we're so familiar with today.  At one time, it was thought that an ingot was equivalent in value to one ox, but now archaeologists believe the unusual shape made the ingot easier to tie to the back of a pack animal and transport.


The image below is a corroded copper ingot found in Crete.

 



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