Copper Nugget Found July 2006 by Jim Seaton
Jim Seaton was a former Submariner who enjoys the water a great deal. A few years ago he was walking on the beach north of the Saugeen River, when he spotted a strange, out of place object. Upon examination, he came to the conclusion that it was not a rock, but metal and most probably a chunk of raw, pure copper.
He did the right thing and went to the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre and inquired about experts available. As luck would have it, Bill Fitzgerald PhD Archaeologist and an expert on The First Nations, was working on some displays for the new Museum addition.
Speaking to Fitzgerald today on April 23, 2008, the Saugeen Times asked him, if he remembered the encounter with Jim Seaton?
Dr. Fitzgerald replied "Oh yes, I remember it well. I'm used to having people bring in rocks for me to look at and I held out my hand expecting a one pound weight" He was handed a 12 pound glob of copper. We asked Dr. Fitzgerald if the find was unusual? He said "Yes it was unusual. In my entire career, I have not seen such a large amount of copper" in this area.
He said he had found some small amounts, but nothing like this.
Copper was a big trading object, both worked for some purpose such as a tool or ornament or just as a form of 'currancy'. This raw copper must have had great value.
How it came to the beach, no human can say. It may have come from the large copper deposits on Lake Superior. It may have been washed ashore long ago after some storm.
Every artifact in the Museum has a great story. This one is located on the second level (level of the visitors desk). Just turn right as you enter the Museum and proceed to the wonderful area of artifacts, after you check in with the front desk. You'll see the copper in with stone and metal tools.
On the floor pay attention to a time line of history that will bring you from 10,500 BC to today. There are a million stories in the Museum and Archives. Investigate some of them