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  •  yes but where did they get the copper (4+ / 0-)

    wasn't it the phoenicians who established the trading ports in southern britain?

    From elsewhere, they obtained other materials, perhaps the most important being silver from Iberian Peninsula and tin from Great Britain, the latter of which when smelted with copper (from Cyprus) created the durable metal alloy bronze. Strabo states that there was a highly lucrative Phoenician trade with Britain for tin.

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