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The artifacts that got me started.

The Difficulties with the CAMD

I've always known that what I set out to do would be hard. Because I'm a woman with no real past experience as an archaeologist? But there are plenty of amateur archaeologists around. Most of them are men, however. 


I was curator at the Oconto Copper Museum for three years, and met up with nothing but trouble.You'd think that would send me fleeing the field of copper, never to look back. I guess I'm stubborn. But I had a committee of all men, and I got in the middle of a tussel with the state archaeologist and another archaeologist who wanted me to close down a children's display. The committee refused. I was held responsible. I made no money being curator, and in the last year, they wouldn't even pay for tours. So I left. But I took my love of copper reserach with me.


Why? Because I'd met some people from Michigan who insisted that the copper from Lake Superior built the bronze age in the Old World. They insisted that copper was missing, and had to go somewhere. I felt by creating the copper artifact master database (CAMD), I could show where that copper went.


That alone should make the CAMD valuable, right? But it seems like now, after a decade, there are more people than ever against what I'm doing. Sure, I'm out of my league. Sure, I'm stubborn. But who else could get something like this done? And it's not like I've tredded on someone else's toes. No one else was trying to prove how vast was the copper industry and trade network in the Americas.


I'm at a loss to figure out this anti-attitude against contributing copper data to the CAMD. I feel that, in Wisconsin, anyway, people are bad-mouthing me and I have no ability to defend myself because I don't know what the problem is. I don't know what they're saying. I do know one kicked me off her facebook page because I wouldn't share the CAMD for free. So I guess I'm greedy, right? People who do research, and spend a ton of money doing it, don't deerve to sell their books? When did that happen?


I wish someone would buy this reserach from me. I'd love to walk away. But I have too much time and money sunk into this. I have to do something with it. I'm just not sure I have the heart to proceed, and for those wondering, yes, it IS one reason I stopped creating the newsletter.


I'm doing a lot at now. And I'll put small discoveries here from time to time. I still believe this is a great project for museums, who are the most appreciative, to date.


So I haven't completedly wasted your time here, here's a link to an article I'm looking at today about Etowah, dated 2005.