Originally Posted by Pruitt
The Army Corps of Engineers diverted part of the flow of the Mississippi years ago into the Atchafalaya River. The extra flow has started a new delta forming where the Atchafalaya enters the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Louisiana has passed a law claiming ownership of the new land!
The Delta we know of has only been around less than 2000 years. Back then the old Delta emptied just east of Lake Ponchitrain. There has been evidence of a Copper Exporting Camp found North of Slidell on the Pearl River. Some scholars claim the Copper found there came from the Great Lakes region.
They can probably tell where the copper came from in the Assay Lab from a minute sample.
At an open house at the Thunder Bay Museum I got a chance to speak to the Archaeologists working in the area.
They said that Copper Culture probably started soon after Lake Minong lowered to it's present day level Lake Superior around 7 thousand years ago.
Soon after the exposed copper became visible on Isle Royal and with it the beginning of Minong Mine.
The North American Indians traded for Copper and traveled great distances for it just as they did before for flint.
The Glaciers on retreat exposed rock & minerals needed for the formation of early tools & weapons needed for survival.
Traveling during the high water period in the spring working the mine and returning in the winter.
Due to the climate the mine was a seasonal affair the maximum number of workers was estimated at a possible 10 thousand.
The island could not support these wandering Nomads in winter besides the fact that snow was detrimental to the primitive mining methods using fire, water & hammer stones to fracture ore...