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Eastern Archaic
3000 BP -- 8000 BP

As the climate warmed and a wider variety of plants, animals, fish, and birds appeared, the cultural tradition known as Eastern Archaic emerged. It lasted for about 4,000 years in this region. Associated with it are objects like this hammer made from stone that has been pecked or ground by rubbing it with a harder stone. Also shown is a crescent-shaped knife pounded from one of the nuggets of pure copper that could be found by the shores of Lake Superior and on Isle Royale. People of the "old copper" culture were part of the Eastern Archaic tradition and were among the first in the Western Hemisphere to make extensive use of metal."

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