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TitleWas Iron Known in Ancient America?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1950
AuthorsWidtsoe, John A.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number3
Pagination175, 231
Date PublishedMarch 1950
KeywordsAncient America – Mesoamerica; Archaeology; External Evidence; Iron; Metal; Metallurgy

The view of scholars in the field of American archaeology holds that the pre-Columbian inhabitants of America did not know of or use iron. However, this article, citing the Science Newsletter of November 12, 1949, recommends that this view may have to be reevaluated on the basis of new findings of iron in ancient America.