Monday, April 18, 2016

Isle St. Royal Copper Mines the Work of 10,000 Men over 1,000 Years

Isle St. Royal Copper Mines the Work of 10,000 Men over 1,000 Years

This piece of copper weighing almost 3 tons was excavated by the ancient miners.  Were they extracting this volume to make bracelets?

    Isle St. Royal in Lake Superior contains one of the richest deposits of pure copper in the world. In ancient times more than 500,000 tons were mined. Phillip Coppens wrote in, “Copper A World Trade in 3000 B.C.” “The Minong Belt on Isle Royale has a distance of one and three quarter miles in length and is nearly four hundred feet wide. The copper pits range ten to thirty feet deep with connecting tunnels; one archaeologist estimated that their digging would take the equivalent of 10,000 men working for 1000 years.” From "The Encyclopedia of Ancient Giants in North America."