Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Reverse Engineering the Past: How Experimental Archaeology Provides the Clues for Understanding the Mysterious Demise of North America’s Copper Culture

November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

AIA Society: Akron/Kent

The Old Copper Culture (4000-1000 B.C.) stands out as a unique event in archaeologists’ global understanding of ancient metallurgy—here, copper metallurgy developed, but then “disappeared”. For over three millennia, Archaic hunter-gatherers around the North American Great Lakes made utilitarian implements out of copper, only for these items to decline in prominence during the Archaic to Woodland Transition. This sudden decline in copper tool production has generally been explained as a result of population growth and increasing social complexity. However, could it be that other factors—such as overall tool function—may have contributed to the end of North America’s “Copper Age”?

When placing events on your calendar using these buttons, please check that time zone displays correctly.


November 13, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Event Category:


Dr. Tim Matney
Subscribe to the AIA e-Update

support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.