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originally posted by: intrptr
I was wondering about that "copper metallurgy" aspect.
Hare says it's made of a copper nugget and is 99.9 percent pure. It would have been locally found, he said.
Native Copper is a natural find, not refined and smelted from ore.
Hammering it into that shape and sharpening it would require more skill than simply napping stone points, though.
In the Arctic, most objects date to the Thule period, although a significant subset are from the Late Dorset period, and some that are likely older still. In the Subarctic, from Alaska across to Hudson’s Bay, copper becomes incorporated into toolkits by 1000 AD. In both of these broad contexts, copper objects appear to function as utilitarian items (knives, awls, spear points, etc), although the line between utilitarian items and prestigious/ritualized items is fuzzy at best. In contrast, however, copper technology from British Columbia falls on the prestige side of the prestigious-utilitarian spectrum. Dating to roughly 2000 BP, Marpole copper objects from British Columbia are associated with elite burial contexts.
Well then its indigenous, and copper use was far more prevalent than I had known.
originally posted by: Caver78
a reply to: intrptr
OK...found proof copper can be fashioned without annealing and has been in the Arctic.
it's a link to the Oxford Handbook of of the Prehistoric Arctic. Link should take you to the page, I can't copy and paste it.