A bird figure carved by Hopewell people and recovered in Ohio
By Native North American - Walters Art Museum
The beads were discovered in a burial mound in Illinois in 1945 but until now where they came from had been a mystery.
In 1945, researchers discovered 22 beads made of meteoritic iron, hidden in a burial mound at the Havana site in Illinois. A number of studies over the following decades attempted to describe these mysterious beads, analyse their chemical composition and understand their significance for the Hopewell people.
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