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Angelique Corthals on the Copper Man

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When Mar 14, 2014
from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Where The Artist's Institute 163 ELDRIDGE ST. NYC 10002
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Angelique Corthals on the Copper Man

March 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 

In 1899, the body of a man was discovered at Chuquicamata, Chile, the largest open pit copper mine int he world. It was an especially startling discovery, because his dessicated body appeared to include copper ion that had migrated from the copper to his system, providing somewhat of an antifungal effect and thus leaving the body well preserved--a hybrid of human flesh and metal. Through Carbon-14 analysis, researchers believe he lived in 550 CE. 

The industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased the Copper Man and brought it to New York, to the American Musuem of Natural HIstory, in 1905, where it has rested ever since. In 2006, Dr. Angelique Corthals, a renowned forensic anthropologist who conducted research on the Copper Man, will come to The Artist's Institute to share more about its social and natural histories, as well as the fossilization process.

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