Shifting the Interpretation of Ohio Hopewell Copper Use

Author(s): Mark Seeman; Kevin Nolan; Mark Hill

Year: 2017


The dramatic uses of copper by Ohio Hopewell social networks have been studied for over one hundred years and have resulted in a diversity of archaeological perspectives. Our recent physiochemical study of particular Hopewell artifact classes is the most extensive to date and has resulted in source identifications that require that extant models be revised in light of our findings. Particular attention will be given to the implications that: 1) a diversity of Lake Superior outcrops were utilized; 2) the use of sources along the "Mica Road" to the southern Appalachians has been demonstrated for the first time: and 3) that copper source usage clearly differed from other recently sourced exotic Ohio Hopewell materials, notably silver and pipestone.

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Shifting the Interpretation of Ohio Hopewell Copper Use. Mark Seeman, Kevin Nolan, Mark Hill. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431780)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Midwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15573