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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: M.S.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Mark P. Muniz

Second Advisor

Rob Mann

Third Advisor

Seth DePasqual

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Copper, Isle Royale, Archaic


This thesis will discuss recent excavations and subsequent analysis, of two previously unknown sites located on Mid-Late Archaic relict beach shores at Isle Royale National Park. The sites are believed to possibly be connected to the Minong Mine, the oldest and largest precontact copper mine in North America to date, located in the McCargoe Cove area of the island. At these sites, lithics and copper were recovered as the only cultural remains of the people who inhabited these two areas. The sites were compared, not only to each other, but also to other Archaic sites found on similar relict beaches island wide. These artifacts and subsequent Archaic site comparisons are utilized to assign these two sites a function. It was determined that both of these sites functioned as field camps, specifically as a copper and lithic manufacturing sites for these first visitors to Isle Royale.



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