Old Copper Culture
Old Copper Complex is a term used for ancient Native North American societies known to have been heavily involved in the utilization of copper for weaponry and tools. It is to be distinguished from the Copper Age (Chalcolithic era), when copper use becomes systematic.
The Old Copper Complex of the Western Great Lakes is the best known of these. Great Lakes natives of the Archaic tradition located 99% pure copper in the area of Lake Superior, both in veins and nuggets in gravel beds. Major quarries were located on Isle Royale, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and the Brule River, and copper was deposited elsewhere by glaciation as well. Eventually they learned to hammer the copper and produce a variety of spearpoints, tools and decorative objects. In addition to practical use, the Copper Complex peoples traded copper goods to obtain other exotic materials.
The Copper Complex can be dated as far back as 6,000 years. By about 3,000 years ago the use of copper is increasingly restricted to jewelry and other status-related items, rather than for tools. This is thought to represent the development of more complex hierarchical cultures in the area.
The Copper Culture State Park, in Oconto, northeastern Wisconsin contains an ancient burial ground used by the Old Copper Complex Culture of early Native Americans, here between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago during the Copper Age. It was rediscovered in June 1952 by a 13 year old boy who unearthed human bones while playing in an old quarry. By July the first archaeological dig had commenced, as part of the program of the Wisconsin Archaeological Survey.

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Old Copper Culture | Milwaukee Public Museum
The Old Copper Complex, also known as the Old Copper Culture, refers to the items made by early inhabitants of the Great Lakes region during a period that ...
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copperculture
Artifacts of the Old Copper Complex or Old Copper Culture. Ancient copper mines of the Lake Superior Region.
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Old Copper culture (ancient North American Indian ... - Britannica.com
The topic Old Copper Culture is discussed in the following articles: ... Their aptly named Old Copper Culture appeared about 3000 bc and lasted approximately ...
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Old Copper Culture: Definition from…
Old Copper Culture [CP] Late Archaic Stage hunter-gatherer communities linked not so much through cultural affinity as by the exploitation of native copper
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Frontiers of Anthropology: Lake Superior Mines, Old Copper Culture ...
Feb 15, 2012 ... Great Lakes Copper Mining in Ancient Times and the Old Copper Culture Below are examples of the forms native copper comes in at the lodes ...
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Old Copper Complex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old Copper Culture
The first use of copper seems to take place during this time period. Items made from copper appear to be useful items rather than objects for adornment. Artifacts ...
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We present these photos and associated data to facilitate research and understanding of prehistoric mining, crafting, and use of copper, by the Old Copper ...
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The Old Copper Culture - University of Manitoba
The Old Copper Culture in Manitoba is so named for the prominent use of copper for the manufacture of tools and other implements. The metal was concentrated ...
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Copper tools from Northern Wisconsin, 4,000-1,200 B.C. - Wisconsin ...
This photograph shows seven artifacts from the Society's Museum collections that were produced during the era scholars call the Old Copper Culture. Dating ...
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Full text of "The Old Copper Culture and the Keweenaw Waterway". L I B R_AFIY OF THL UNIVERSITY ' Of ILLINOIS 57 2. OS FA M 5 6 5FIELDIANA .
Old Copper Culture | Milwaukee Public Museum
The Old Copper Complex, also known as the Old Copper Culture, refers to the ... in Washington D.C. and the Pennsylvania University Museum in Philadelphia, ...
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Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan. Martin, Susan R. ... 1977 "The Old Copper Culture: an analysis of Old Copper artifacts". The Wisconsin ...
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The Old Copper Culture is most recognizable through a variety of heavy, ... He holds an M.A. degree in Anthropology from The Catholic University of America.
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MYTH: Turning now to the question of who the copper culture people were, ... by the Michigan Archaeological Society, and by Michigan's universities during the ...
Old Copper Culture tools copper tools from northern Wisconsin ...
This photograph shows seven artifacts from the Society's Museum collections that were produced during the era scholars call the Old Copper Culture. Dating ...
Old Copper culture (archaeology) - Wisconsin Historical Society
Definition: middle Archaic culture that flourished in eastern Wisconsin ca. ... Twelve Millennia: Archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003).] ... Old Copper Culture Cemetery (Historic Marker Erect.
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15 records ... Term: Old Copper Culture (archaeology) ... Twelve Millennia: Archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003).].
The Old Copper Culture - University of Manitoba
The Old Copper Culture in Manitoba is so named for the prominent use of copper for the manufacture of tools and other implements. The metal was concentrated ...
Copper Culture Indian Burial Site - Oconto County, Wisconsin
With this rather meager picture of Old Copper Culture the Oconto Site was approached. One chief objective was to obtain enough charred wood for a Carbon 14 ...
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Miskwabik, Metal of Ritual: Metallurgy in Precontact Eastern North ...
Miskwabik, Metal of Ritual: Metallurgy in Precontact Eastern North ...
Amelia M. Trevelyan, 2004
Old Copper Culture-type items have been found in New York, Illinois, and Kentucky — far from their original source — with material dated at 3000 B.C. and earlier (Quimby 1 960:58). A number of other facts also indicate that the Old Copper ...
Indians in the Americas: The Untold Story
Indians in the Americas: The Untold Story
William Marder, Paul Tice, 2005
The first indigenous peoples who actually mined and utilized the copper have been labeled "Old Copper Complex" or "Old Copper Culture" by archaeologists. There is disagreement among the archaeological community as to the time period ...
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OLD COPPER CULTURE I, MN
MEGALITHS OF ARROWHEAD REGION I(Minnesota, c.1900 BC)Dr. R.M. de Jonge ©, drsrmdejonge@hotmail.com.
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Frontiers of Anthropology: Lake Superior Mines, Old Copper Culture and Copper Shipments to Europe during the Bronze Age.
Great Lakes Copper Mining in Ancient Times and the Old Copper Culture Below are examples of the forms native copper comes in at the lodes at the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. Because of the copper's purity, it can be traced chemically to Europe in the Bronze age and even to the Middle East when it turns up in Old World archaeological sites.
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Wisconsin Historical Markers: Marker 53: Old Copper Culture Cemetery
Erected 1956 by Wisconsin Historical SocietyOconto, Oconto County, WisconsinMarker website: http://www. hmdb.
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Old Copper Culture: A Visit With Pete Stark of Oconto's Historical Society By Mary Fairchild - Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois - ESCONI
This is a picture of Pete Stark with our family's ancient Indian artifact--an authentic copper celt. Pete, Vice President of the Oconto Historical Society, is an expert on the Old Copper Culture. The Old Copper Culture refers to the items...
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Launchistory: Old Copper Culture
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Thunderbird Atlatl » Blog Archive » Auction Features Old Copper Culture Tools
Hesse Auction Galleries in Otego, New York will auction Prehistoric & Historic Arts of the Americas on Thursday, May 17 at 4:30 p. m.
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Detroit Man Caught Stealing Copper From Light Poles « CBS Detroit
An alleged copper thief is behind bars after he was caught in the act.
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Dusseldorf's Old-Style Beer Culture: A Copper Gleam by the Rhine - GoNOMAD Travel
Larry Parnass visits Dusseldorf, Germany and reports on the congenial alt-bier culture and the city's many other attractions.
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The Old Copper Culture, Keweenaw Ancient Spear Points
(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 26, 2009 ) Milwaukee, WI - Artifacts of “The Old Copper Culture” have for decades, been collected from sites along the Keweenaw Waterway. The Native Americans about 7,000 years ago, started using copper mined from the bedrock and glacial deposits located in the Keweenaw Peninsula,...
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OLD COPPER CULTURE II, MN
MEGALITHS OF ARROWHEAD REGION II(Minnesota, c.1900 BC and c.770 BC)Dr. R.M. de Jonge ©, drsrmdejonge@hotmail.com.
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