Mystery Type: Artefact
Mystery Name: Meteorite Beads from Burial Site of the Hopewell People
Country: United States
Place Name: Havana, Illinois
The meteorite beads were discovered in 1945 in an grave of the Hopewell-Culture near the Town of Havana in Illinois, USA.
The Hopewell-Culture is known for sprawling ceremonial earthworks and for objects made of non-local materials such as mica.
Scientists now discovered that these beads were made from iron of the so called “Anoka”-meteorite which fell to Earth more than 700 kilometres from where the beads were found.
The link between the Anoka meteorite, which landed in central Minnesota, and the Illinois beads confirms that “2,000 years ago, goods and ideas were moved hundreds of miles across eastern North America”, says Timothy McCoy, co-author of the analysis and curator-in-charge of meteorites at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
The study makes a strong case for the connection between the Anoka meteorite and the beads, says Diane Johnson of the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, who has studied Egyptian meteoritic artefacts and is not part of McCoy’s team. She notes that the Hopewell techniques are similar to those of the ancient Egyptians, who manufactured almost identically designed tube-shaped beads some 3,000 years earlier.
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Proven Facts: Beads made from meteorite iron
Type: Meteorite Iron
Culture: Hopewell Culture
Age Dating: > 100 BC
Discovery Date: 1945
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This mystery has been reported by Jahkri on 05/16/2017
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