We need a full press drive to uncover the fine detail of all the native cultures throughout North America. The extent of the Bronze Age was huge as it easily could have been as we are taliking of a proven time frame that began at least 2500 BC.
Far more exciting is that the best copper in the globe came from Lake Superior. Tin came from Bolivia and Cornwall. and great brass came from Georgia. All this was nicely linked together by natural trade routes for shipping by sea.
Archeologist makes a huge error in not going to the mining camps. That was the main event. They also operated for centuries and even thousands of years. When ore grading eight pounds of copper to the ton could be mined in Ireland, then it was as valuable as one can imagine, even with blow torch mining.
The actual effective currency of the Bronze Age was in the form of crude ingots shaped as wedges good to produce ax heads or swords or to be smelted and blended to produce better quality.
Astounding discoveries recently made in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley
I’m a very interested avocational, and have found some very interesting artifacts in the Chattahoochee Valley area that directly connects the native culture with the Copper Culture in Wisconsin. We are currently having a piece of wood carbon dated that was preserved in the shaft of a copper spearpoint to establish a time period. We are basing our estimates at middle to late archaic due to the lack of pottery and presence of stone (not soapstone) bowls. We also found a complete basalt molcajete which, according to archaeologists, could not possibly be found in that particular area due to its origins in Central America. The copper items we have found aren’t just similar to the Copper Culture artifacts-they are identical. I was involved in the excavation of the Lake Jackson Mound complex in Tallahassee, Florida, and our family still possesses the copper celts, breastplates, pendants, etc. from the burial mound. I am very familiar with Mississippian copper, and the artifacts we have found are definitely not of that time period. I’d like to know more about the link between the Copper Culture and the southern states, if any has been documented. We are also very happy to see a link between MesoAmerican culture and the culture of the Southeastern natives. Archaeologists seem to scoff at this idea, because they can’t establish a definite connection that encompasses their “one size fits all” mentality. We have some artifacts that resemble designs seen in Central America, and it doesn’t take a great leap to connect the two. Of course, we have the luxury of not having to prove it to anyone so it’s much easier! I enjoy reading your articles and the common-sense approach you take about exploring the lost cultures. Keep up the good work and I hope to see more of yours in the future. Sincerely,
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