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Cahokia mounds reveal a vast copper workshop

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Cahokia mounds reveal a vast copper workshop Student Life [USA], February 26, 2010 Nearly 1,000 years ago, the ancient city of Cahokia flourished only 20
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2010
      Cahokia mounds reveal a vast copper workshop
      Student Life [USA], February 26, 2010

      Nearly 1,000 years ago, the ancient city of Cahokia flourished only 20
      minutes away from modern St. Louis in the floodplains of the Mississippi
      River. Today, the discovery of a copper workshop by a team of
      researchers led by John Kelly, Washington University archeology
      professor, and James Brown of Northwestern University will provide
      insight into the lives of the mysterious Cahokians. Only 1 percent of
      these mounds have been excavated to date. The copper workshop was found
      within Mound 34, where, according to Kelly, pieces of copper were
      discovered. Cahokians used the metal to create religious ornaments and
      other decorative items. It's hypothesized that workers hammered and
      heated the copper to 600 degrees Celsius to flatten out the metal. The
      sheets were pressed onto carved wooden templates to create the ornament.
      The metal may have been obtained from the Great Lakes region. Copper
      specifically was used because it was considered to have special
      properties.

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