Many of the ingots were discovered from shipwrecks off the coast of Israel and Turkey.
Using lead and tin isotope data and trace element analysis, the archeologists discovered that the metal ingots, which dated from the 13th and 12th centuries BC, did not originate from Central Asia as previously thought, but instead came from tin deposits in Europe.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the team found that tin artifacts from Israel most likely came from Cornwall and Devon in southwest England.
“So the raw material in this region must have been imported”, he added.
“The results of the study show that tin metal in that time was acquired in distant lands and transported over thousands of kilometers from probably Great Britain to the Eastern Mediterranean,” Daniel Berger, a archaeometallurgist who carried out the research, told CNN.
Berger told CNN that tin was a valuable material for ancient people because it was a key component of bronze — an alloy of copper and tin.