Old Copper Culture Cemetery

Old Copper Culture Cemetery (HM13G4)

Location: Oconto, WI 54153 Oconto County
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N 44° 53.254', W 87° 53.873'

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At this site approximately 4,500 years ago, Wisconsin Indians gathered to bury their dead. Because of their use of copper tools, weapons and ornaments, this group became known as the Old Copper people. They fashioned spearpoints, knives and fishhooks from pure copper nuggets that may have been transported from mines as far away as Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Through a process of heating and hammering, the nuggets were made into tools and various other objects.

Old Copper people lived by hunting game, fishing, and collecting plant foods. They interred some of their dead in graves and cremated others in pits. Implements of copper, stone, bone and shell were buried with them.

This particular site was excavated in 1952 by the Wisconsin Archaeological Survey and the Oconto County Historical Society.
HM NumberHM13G4
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series.
Marker Number53
Year Placed1956
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 429094 N 4970852
Decimal Degrees44.88756667, -87.89788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 53.254', W 87° 53.873'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 53' 15.24" N, 87° 53' 52.38" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 260 Copper Culture Way, Oconto WI 54153, US
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