The history of our past is shrouded in darkness, but even today, if one wants to, one can find amazing facts by studying the extraction and distribution of copper in one of the most enormous ancient mines located in the modern American state of Michigan. I have discovered a scientific study on this subject and will provide a few excerpts from that study:
► It is estimated that ancient miners extracted about half a billion pounds of copper from tens of thousands of pits on Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan over a thousand years. Carbon dating of wooden logs in the mines showed that mining of the mineral began around 2450 B.C. and stopped abruptly in 1200 B.C. It is not officially known what became of Michigan copper.
► From about 2500 B.C., the use of copper, previously limited to parts of southern Europe, suddenly spread across the continent. No one knows where copper originated in Europe.
► According to Indian legends, mining was done by fair-haired “men of the sea” – giants.
► Mining suddenly stopped, as if they left one day and never came back. During this thousand-year mining period, some of the miners probably explored the western continent, as evidenced by the huge skeletons found in many places, such as the red-haired giants who arrived by boat at Lovelock Cave on Lake Lahontan, Nevada, whose skeletons were discovered in 1924 with fishing nets and duck decoys.
► These miners utilized the medicinal properties of plants. For example, the Devil’s Club shrub. This plant has huge prickly leaves and stems. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine to treat diabetes, tumors and tuberculosis, and its effectiveness has been confirmed by modern research. It may have been brought to this remote island in Lake Superior in ancient times.
► Samples of “native” Michigan copper sometimes contain silver crystals mechanically confined but not fused; this is called “half copper.” The presence of silver inclusions in “ancient copper culture” tools indicates that they were made by cold working. Forged weapons and tools found at Hopewell Mounds “contain flecks of silver that are found only in Upper Lake copper.”
►► Palden Jenkins, a Glastonbury historian, relates: “I met a farmer who owns the land that contains the megalithic stone circle known as Merry Maidens in the far west of Cornwall (UK). He discovered an arrowhead while clearing hedgerows, which was sent to the British Museum for identification. The answer came back, “5,000 years old; origin Michigan, USA.”