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    Prehistoric Copper Culture spear/harpoon head found in Quebec.

    With the fields frozen solid decided to try my luck in the woods that produced some Native American artefacts in the past. The area is extremely old so anything is possible. Wasn't expecting this though. Unearthed it very deep from under the fallen tree roots so I believe it might actually have been deeper at one point but the tree roots pulled it closer to the surface. Right out of the ground it looked like a small spear head but unlike any kettle points I have found in the past it was very thick, made of what looked like pure copper (not an alloy) and it was very crudely made. I started doubting the spear head idea and thought that it's some strange ramrod piece but its size and the extreme depth it was found at just wouldn't fit the theory. Only after arriving home and sending pics to some more knowledgeable friends and posting on specialized forums I really understood what it was. It seems I have found an Archaic Period Copper Culture spear/harpoon head dating to approx. 4000-1000 B.C. I still can't grasp those numbers as even hunting in Europe I would have had a very little chance of finding a 3000-6000 years old copper man made relic. What's even more interesting is they are extremely rare in Quebec and might have traveled the long distance from the Great Lakes thru the exchanges between the Native tribes. Super excited about this one as it's by far my oldest metal object find.

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    Ref. Copper culture homestead.

    Thanks for the comments.
    Last edited by Aureus; Nov 17, 2017 at 07:30 PM. Reason: Additional info and pics. Found an exact match of a similar object online.
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    Pretty rare item, Congratulations. I found some copper points that were way different than that and made by Alaskan natives from Copper river nuggets forged out in whatever way they did it, Just do not know exactly how they reshaped with stone hammers? Perhaps? Nor do I have any Idea how Old they are.

    https://www.penn.museum/sites/expedi...ne-and-eskimo/
    Last edited by Goldfinger450; Nov 15, 2017 at 11:13 PM. Reason: to add link.
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    Outstanding and important find.
    Not to mention incredibly old.
    I’m voting banner on this one.
    Congrats
    Last edited by Relicific; Nov 16, 2017 at 09:13 AM.
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    Wow, great find. I nominate for banner as well.
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    Congrats on the great find
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    That's older than my sister.
    Congratulations and Banner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldfinger450 View Post
    Pretty rare item, Congratulations. I found some copper points that were way different than that and made by Alaskan natives from Copper river nuggets forged out in whatever way they did it, Just do not know exactly how they reshaped with stone hammers? Perhaps? Nor do I have any Idea how Old they are.

    https://www.penn.museum/sites/expedi...ne-and-eskimo/
    Thank you. Great link. I'm not sure how they shaped it neither. Perhaps with an other copper tool? The hole in my spear head seems to have been made with one.
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    More than likely beats our oldest find of circa 2000BC - CONGRATS.
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    A beautiful piece of history.
    Thanks for showing us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relicific View Post
    Outstanding and important find.
    Not to mention incredibly old.
    I’m voting banner on this one.
    Congrats
    Thanks man.
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    Congrats on the bonus end of the season find Aureus, what a beauty find it is at that. Something that is really high on the want list a find like this and a piece of Trade Silver. I know from reading the local history and talking with the local historians the trade routes went right past my doorstep so maybe one day luck will shine in the dirt as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dts52 View Post
    Wow, great find. I nominate for banner as well.
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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trapperart View Post
    Congrats on the great find
    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by against the wind View Post
    That's older than my sister.
    Congratulations and Banner
    Lol. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    More than likely beats our oldest find of circa 2000BC - CONGRATS.
    Thanks man.
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