Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

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Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by zelph » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:45 pm

6,000 years ago, man was pounding on solid chunks of copper with stone mauls to cause it to kinda peel off in layers/pieces. They pecked away at rounded stones to form a grove around them so they could wrap tree roots around the stones grove and fasten it in some maner to form a handle with which to swing the stone at the copper mass. Here are some photos of the mauls:

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These are some photos taken at a mine turned tourist attraction. I got into some really good conversation with one of the owners about the prehistoric miners that worked the mines long before the 1800's They gave me some privy insight on copper chunks that had been found this spring by a private individual that searches the country side for these glacial drift pieces of copper. The chunks you see on the pallets are large, weighing around 500 pounds each. The mine owner buys them from the guy that finds them. She didn't disclose how much she paid for them but offered to say the currant rate for scrap copper is $2.00 a pound. The mine owner in turn sells them as "Specimin" pieces to museums. The copper in this area is referred to as "Native Copper" and is 95 percent pure.

The first photo is of smaller pieces.

The second is of a piece cut in half to show solid copper. This is how they are when found, solid copper.

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On the way back home we stopped in Colfax, WS to meet up with the publisher of the magazine "Ancient American" My daughter arranged for us to meet him as a birthday gift to me (July 6) I'm totally interested in the ancient inhabitants of North America :D The one photo shows 2 copper spear heads that he had found in Wisconsin. The other photo is of artifacts found in Illinois.

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More photos of the artifacts:

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These are some things that are found laying around from time past on the land around the mine site:

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Re: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by Ridgerunner » Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:22 pm

Nice photos, Zelph. I always find Indian artifacts of interest. Any idea what time period they are from ? I've never seen large chunks of raw copper like those---very cool !
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Re: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by zelph » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:20 pm

Ridgerunner wrote:Nice photos, Zelph. I always find Indian artifacts of interest. Any idea what time period they are from ? I've never seen large chunks of raw copper like those---very cool !
The grooved mauls are 3 to 6 thousand years old. Many(thousands) ungrooved stone mauls were found in the filled in pits. Once the stones cracked from use they were discarded in nearby pits. The ancient americans were more resourceful than the ones that were here when Columbus arrived. The ancient ones disappeared as if a disease had wiped them off the face of the land. Actually, they fought themselves to death in great battles untill only the most savage of them survived.

Todays Ojibway tribes are decendants of these early ancient americans. DNA research has determined that the Ojibway originally came from Isreal. Time frame would put the original inhabitants here shortly after the Tower of Bable time periode. Keep in mind that Noah had the knowledge to build an Arch. so it's not hard to undertand that the ancient ones had the ability to build boats to bring them here. The Ojibway have in their history that their ancient ancestors came here in boats that were shaped like turtles(2 saucers turned upside down on top of each other if you can visualise that shape.
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Re: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by Ridgerunner » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:42 pm

Thanks for the look back in time. Very interesting.
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Re: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by zelph » Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:10 pm

Ridgerunner wrote:Thanks for the look back in time. Very interesting.
Anytime :D
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Post by Mags » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:25 pm

I love it! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Copper country

Post by zelph » Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:03 pm

Mags wrote:I love it! Thanks for sharing!
Your welcome!!!

An oil lamp used in the mines
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Interesting formation of copper.
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another formation approximately 1.5 foot square section
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