H. Kory Cooper,

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology
& School of Materials Engineering


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I first became interested in native copper, and archaeometallurgy generally, in the mid-90s while working as a student intern at the Gulkana Site (aka Ringling Site) in the Copper River Basin in southcentral Alaska. To date, this prehistoric site in the traditional homeland of Ahtna Athabascans had more native copper artifacts than any other archaeological site in Alaska, Yukon, B.C., N.W.T., or Nunavut. My investigation of native copper innovation in northwest North America using a Behavioral Archaeology framework is ongoing and currently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation-Arctic Social Sciences (ARC-1108250). This website will be undergoing period updating so please visit us again in the future to check on our progress.