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The "Old Copper Complex” dates back as far as at least 6,000 years in North America and refers to ancient Native American cultures who are known to have heavily utilised copper for weapons, tools and items of adornment. It is not to be confused with the “Copper Age” (Chalcolithic era) in other places, arising from development of smelting techniques, which never developed as such in pre-Columbian North America.

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Great link to a lot of info and photos on many things Copper Culture.

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