Topic ID #38340 - posted 5/7/2017 1:06 PM

Scientists discover origins of ancient Hopewell culture's meteorite jewellery


The beads were discovered in a burial mound in Illinois in 1945 but until now where they came from had been a mystery.

The native Hopewell culture, which thrived along rivers and streams in North America from 200BC to 500AD, is today survived by a number of beautiful artefacts made from exotic materials – including copper and silver.

But perhaps the most exotic Hopewell artefacts are those made from iron extracted from meteorites. It is not known how these artefacts were viewed among the Hopewell, but what is certain is that they were extremely scarce due to the fact that meteoritic iron is so rare.


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