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The four copper coins were retrieved from soil beneath Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, and were originally thought to be a hoax before their true provenance was revealed. The designs on the coins are difficult to decifer as they have been eroded over time, but x-ray analysis revealed several of the relics bore the image of Emperor Constantine I.
originally posted by: audubon
Wow. Bit of an upset for the history books.
originally posted by: TheKnightofDoom
a reply to: cavtrooper7
They didn't seeing most old cultures have their own versions.
Up north we have the Age Old Lancastrian martial art of EckyThump it is just that popular culture likes all the Asian ones....joking aside what do you think Morris dancing is? martial arts!
Back to the op they got everywhere didn't they?.
originally posted by: Foxlimainno
In the past I've read how the ancient Jewish diaspora could have caused people to travel the silk road which would have led into Asia, and how an Israeli organization called Amishav goes around searching for Jewish heritage all over the world that can be traced back to ancient Israel.
So things like this aren't necessarily surprising considering how "interconnected" the world seems to have been in the past, and is still amazingly fascinating to know.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: Spider879
I don't suppose you have a link to that? Sounds like a very interesting read.
It comes as no surprise. Romans traded around the known world, just so happens the "known world" was quite a lot larger than some modern scholars think...
For 166 years, beginning in 960 C.E., China was ruled by the emperors of the Song Dynasty from their capital at Kaifeng, a bustling metropolis straddling the legendary Silk Road that linked their sprawling domain to its trading partners in the West. And, it was sometime during this period that a group of Jews were invited for an audience with the emperor. Jews were not newcomers to China. Some had lived under Chinese rule from sometime after 92 CE, during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE- 220 CE), when they resided in what at the time was called the Western Region (roughly Xinjiang Province today) in special enclaves that were set aside by the Chinese for foreigners. During the reign of Emperor Wen (518-604 CE) of the Sui Dynasty, large number of foreign traders and people of different creeds resided in Changan, then the capital of China. Chinese annals briefly mentioned the customs and rituals of some creeds, but otherwise they could hardly distinguish one from the other. Jewish settlers and a synagogue are mentioned by name in a Tang (618-906) poem and other records confirm Jewish settlers in the 7th century. A rather obscure poem by an unknown poet, who apparently wrote in the late Tang, described life in China, and mentioned that in Changan (Xian today) there were churches, temples, synagogues and mosques for … Muslims and Jews.