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Old 4th May 2012, 05:04 AM   #1
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Default Greenland Iron Age

Hi All,

I had a blast visiting the American Museum of Natural History last week. It's got quite a collection of ethnographic material hiding here and there (including some pieces that were used in Stone's Glossary, and I may post some of the pictures later. For example, I got a bit carried away photographing the details on the Kiribati armor and weapons. But I digress...

Here's one that was kind of unique. One of the AMNH exhibits is the Cape York meteorite, long used by the Inuit as a source of iron for tools. This was the only "iron age" in the New World. While they don't have any of these tools on display next to the meteorite, they do have a clean picture of an iron harpoon tip, which I've posted below for reference. Apparently the original is in the University of Copenhagen Geology Museum.

This was my first time visiting the AMNH, and I highly recommend it to weapons' enthusiasts, along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art a short walk away.


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