Copper culture shapes ancient history

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service

LANSING – The allure of copper. The power of copper. People in the prehistoric Hopewell civilization of southern Ohio managed to get copper from distant points – the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale and Ontario’s Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior – as much as 750 miles away. And as far back as 2,000 years ago. What made copper so treasured that it motivated gargantuan efforts to obtain and use it for such items as tools, headpieces, beads and breastplates?

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First-ever female Scout group co-hosts pancake breakfast

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Small town man, big time award

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