Indigenous copper bead and bone fragment


Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Museum of Ontario Archaeology
London, Canada

A thin, cold-hammered strip of Indigenous copper rolled into a tubular bead was recovered from the Lawson site. It is short, measuring 16.2 mm long, and displays significant corrosion and discolouring. Also pictured is fragment of deer bone, which exhibits green copper staining. The Lawson site is a fortified 16th century Indigenous site located at the confluence of Medway River and Snake Creek. The site has been known to archaeologists since the mid-1800s and is now an Ontario designated heritage site and part of the Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s grounds.


  • Title: Indigenous copper bead and bone fragment
  • Date Created: 1500
  • Location: London, Ontario
  • Type: Jewelry, faunal remains
  • Rights: Brad Phillips, Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Medium: Copper, bone

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