42. A Necklace of Gold, Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise

Quetta Valley, 3rd millennium BC
Size: 32 cm long

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The traders of the Indus Valley established an outpost at Shortugai in the north of Afghanistan in order to have access to the gold, lapis lazuli and turquoise that was mined there. These beads are a vivid testimony to those hardy traders and their long-range endeavours.