|Date(s)||550 A.D. ± 40 years|
|Location||American Museum of Natural History|
The mummified human body was found saturated with copper salts leading it to be well preserved but with a green tint.
The miner's hair was braided. The body of the miner is missing one little finger and a toe. An x-ray, made by Joseph H. Kraus, revealed that there is minimal breakage of the bones. The x-ray also shows the artificial occipital flattening deformation of the skull.
Copper Man was found in 1899 and dated at about AD 550.
Copper has been mined for centuries at Chuquicamata and still is.
Fuller, D. R. (2004). The production of copper in 6th century Chile’s chuquicamata mine. Jom, 56(11), 62-66. doi:10.1007/s11837-004-0256-6
Bird, Junius B, 1979: The "Copper Man": A Prehistoric Miner and His Tools from Northern Chile. In Pre-Columbian Metallurgy of South America, ed. Elizabeth P. Benson, pp. 105-132. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.