Recently, MTH published an article regarding the ancient copper mines of Michigan. However, we’ve since been made aware of additional information regarding this story which we feel compelled to include in our coverage of this phenomenon in Michigan.
While writing the initial article on the ancient Michigan copper mines, it was understood that there had been some other discoveries throughout Michigan in the last two centuries which might have suggested pre-Columbian contact. However, a light bit of research turned up a few sources which insisted that these finds be disregarded; and, not having found any other sources at the time, we did exactly that and excluded them from our article—not giving any reports of the finds much thought.
This understanding has since dramatically changed as we’ve become aware of numerous sources of information regarding what was being uncovered by the early European settlers migrating into Michigan.
For one thing, what we’d previously understood about the number of artifacts discovered was incorrect. We’d read there were a handful, yet there were actually thousands of varying pieces discovered by settlers all throughout Michigan, with many saying the numbers ranged from 10,000-30,000 pieces. And these were discovered randomly, throughout the state as it was settled and farmed in the 1800’s.
As far as our research shows, none of these people received anything, be it fame or finance, from sharing their discoveries. In fact, announcing such discoveries could have put them at risk of having areas of their land seized.
What is conventionally believed is that a man named Daniel Soper, along with James Scotford, and Father James Savage were the ones who orchestrated what’s known as—due to the unbelievably massive size of the operation—possibly the largest fraud in American history. And this was never found to have benefited them in any way, to be clear, but it’s still currently believed that they carried out one of the largest and most sophisticated frauds ever out of clumsy will, or boredom, or sheer ignorance.
To take this further, the three chief points that have been more recently used to completely wave away the artifacts have now since fallen before modern scrutiny. They were initially developed by a researcher (Dr. Richard Stamps of Oakland university) chosen by the Mormon church whom took control of the find in the 20th century to examine the relics. Dr. Stamps put forward the three points which have been used to dismiss the relics ever since, though the modern understandings we have today completely upend these loose arguments.
The first one being that perspective imagery (as found in some of the depictions recovered) wasn’t used until the 15th century. However, it’s now known that, among other societies, the ancient Egyptians were just one of the civilizations who were well aware of image perspective yet they, in particular, chose to forego it in many common works of art simply because they believed the soul, when disconnected from the body, then viewed reality through one eye, not two, and so would better perceive their carefully designed flat imagery which excluded the depth allowed by two lenses (or two eyes).
The second was the quality of the copper that was discovered. If you examine the article in which this article is connected to, regarding the ancient Michigan copper mines, you’ll find that ample evidence has been obtained which shows that a very advanced copper operation was taking place in Michigan thousands of years ago; one which was producing an extremely high-degree of copper. But the copper which most Native Americans used was distinct from this copper in that it was something known as float-copper: a form of copper that can be found on the surface due to previous interaction with a glacier. Native Americans would pick this copper up and cold-hammer it into basic trinkets; and it’s this variety of copper which was being referred to when the Michigan relics were dismissed because the level of copper working found in the relics was thought to be beyond the natives’ ability based on some of the simple native artifacts. Yet the level of skill needed to produce these copper relics is now known to be exactly on par with the incredibly sophisticated techniques known to have been used in the Michigan copper mines.
The third point that was raised in order to dismiss the relics was that the saw marks that can be found appeared to be too advanced for what would be expected at the time. An argument which, immediately, stands against numerous finds throughout the Americas—such as work found at Ollantaytambo, Teotihuacan, and Puma Punku—as well as countless ancient sites throughout the world which have also proven to show a level of technological sophistication, particularly regarding their working of stone, far beyond what they’re conventionally given credit for.
The consistent theme in uncovering the work of our ancestors is that, time and time again, they demonstrate incredible levels of sophistication which we’ve casually dismissed them from ever having reached. With all that being said, a discrepancy over the look of saw markings seems to be a very legless means of discrediting thousands of artifacts discovered throughout Michigan by settlers with nothing to gain.
Truly, the extent of the artifacts uncovered begs, on its own, the question as to why or how some individuals would go about such an elaborate hoax. As of today, it’s believed that those few men were responsible for faking all the artifacts. Why those men would create thousands of artifacts then bury them throughout Michigan then draw locals to the areas to dig them up—and this is what the conventional narrative says—is beyond my understanding. These gentleman never saw any great gain, and there efforts would have been enormous; just creating the forgeries would have been one thing, but tactically disseminating them all around Michigan is another incredible task. And, as well, the artifacts would have belonged to the property owners, along with any equity from them, not to the individuals who have been casually named as the reason behind all of this.
Additionally, other experts have stepped forward, examined the relics, and disagreed with the limited findings which have shut them out of history. One such individual is Henriette Mertz, an astounding character born in 1896.
She was a brilliant mind who was made part of the Manhattan project as well as being an expert in cryptanalysis: the study of coded languages. She was also recognized as a legal practitioner in front of the Supreme Court.
Henriette Mertz dove into an intensive study of the Michigan relics and came to the conclusion that it was absurd to believe that such an effort could have been forged. In her own words:
“Analysis, such as would be acceptable in any recognizable court, showed that the writing had not been forged. Each tablet had been written by a different hand and no two tablets bore characteristics stemming from one single hand.”
When first examining the case of the Michigan relics, it may seem to be hard to believe for a conventional researcher. However, this is also the case for similar individuals who first glance at the Michigan copper mines. Though what the understanding should be is that these two incredible bodies of evidence, once examined, and in which both point directly to trans-Atlantic contact, appear to line-up with each other and exist as yet additional proofs that it’s not so hard for large ships to cross the Atlantic, and as well that Columbus was far from the first European to sail to the Americas.