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Top 10 Books For The Indian Arrowhead Collector

Updated on July 9, 2014

10 Must Read Books For Native American Arrowhead And Artifact Collectors Great Gift Idea

If you are interested in collecting Indian arrowheads, one of the best tools you can add to your kit is a good collection of reference books. Whether you're wondering where to look for arrowheads, or how to identify the artifacts you've found, a good set of reference books will save you a lot of time in finding the answers.

Winter is here so there is no better time to grab a good book and begin planning your arrowhead hunting strategy for next season. I hope you will find this list of 10 must have books for artifact collectors useful. Don't forget to vote for your own favorite.

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A Field Guide to Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians By Ellen Sue Turner and Thomas R. Hester
Turner and Hester offer an in-depth look at over 200 typical Texas projectile points and other artifacts. Anyone interested in the ancient artifacts from Texas and the southwestern U.S. will find this book to be an invaluable resource. Every Texas arrowhead collector needs this book in their library.

Arrowheads & Stone Artifacts:
A Practical Guide for the Amateur Archaeologist
This book is an excellent primer for any beginning artifact collector, and yet offers plenty of useful information for the veteran collector. As a lawyer himself, the author provides a good overview of the legal aspects surrounding the hobby of artifact collecting. As well as sections on lithics, where to look for arrowheads, and most importantly how to look for artifacts. Anyone getting started in this hobby will want this book.

Field Guide to Projectile Points of the Midwest: By Noel D Justice
Designed as a field reference guide, this book provides a type name and a short description of the physical characteristics, age, and distribution for arrowheads and projectile points most commonly found in the mid-western United States. Loaded with helpful information, any artifact collector would do well to have this book with them in the field.

Ancient Indian Artifacts Volume 1
An Introduction to Artifact Collecting
As volume #1 of a new six book series this book is written with the beginning collector in mind. Covering topics such as ancient timelines, how to build an artifact collection, and artifact identification and value, this book provides the basic knowledge needed to get anyone new to the hobby of collecting Native American artifacts started off on the right foot.

Ancient Indian Artifacts Volume 2
By Jim Bennett
With over 25 years experience in the artifact collecting community the author shares his knowledge of arrowheads, dart points, and spear tips as well as a multitude of other artifacts in this volume. This book contains hundreds of full color photos of authentic artifacts from throughout the U.S. Ancient Indian Artifacts Volume #2 is a must-have for Indian artifact collector.

The Official Overstreet Identification and Price Guide to Indian Arrowheads
For more than a decade the Overstreet Guide has been the most popular resource for artifact enthusiasts, collectors, and dealers. Easy to use, with over 12,000 photos, valuable information regarding identification, all organized by geographic region the reason for this book's popularity is no mystery. This new 12th Edition will be available Dec 13, 2011

Antler Bone & Shell Artifacts
By Lar Hothem
This is perhaps the finest book available on the topic of antler, bone, and shell artiacts made by the ancient Native American cultures. Antler Bone & Shell Artifacts offers a fascinating look at these rarest of ancient artifacts. Hothem provides a great deal of information including type, material, find location and approximate value of the artifacts pictured in this volume.

Indians and Archaeology of Missouri
Revised Edition
This book offers an excellent introduction to 12,000 years of Native American history in Missouri. This new revised edition contains a new chapter on the hunter gatherers of the Dalton period, as well as many updates to original chapters to reflect the latest archaeological discoveries. Every Missouri artifact collector should have a copy of this book.

Across Atlantic Ice:
The Origin of America's Clovis Culture
The author's hypothesis linking Clovis technology with the culture of the Solutrean people who occupied France and Spain more than 20,000 years ago challenges many commonly held ideas about the origins of North Americas earliest immigrants. Due to be released on February 21, 2012, this book will surely be controversial, as well as riveting.
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Clovis Technology
International Monographs in Prehistory
This book offers an in-depth look at the tools of the Clovis Culture. The explanations of Clovis tool manufacture contained in this book are detailed and technical, but are easily understandable even for the amateur archaeologist. Well referenced and indexed, this book seems destined to become a classic. Clovis Technology should be in every serious collectors reference library.

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      6 years ago

      I actually recognize a few of these books from my mom's bookshelf who got her degree in archeology and has always enjoyed a good artifact hunting trip throughout the local areas. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      What wonderful info!

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      7 years ago

      You have a wonderful list of interesting books for arrowheads collectors. I would love to get one of them and learn how they were made :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Awesome book recommendations and I love your style of presentation! My son has been on a few "digs" and I suspect he would love having a reference book. lol, I just remembered, there are a few blobs of "mud" in his bedroom in a sack waiting to be cleaned up. When he finds something he digs out the whole surrounding area, puts it in a sack and brings it home. Then he meticulously cleans his treasure :) He hasn't had time since his last trip to uncover his last finds. I bet he will come in for Christmas and go right for that bag!

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      great resources, thanks for sharing them

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      I bet some of these are a fascinating read, thanks for sharing your recommendations. Arrowheads and other artifacts give us a connection with the past that it's hard to find any other way.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well done! This will be a useful resource for all arrowhead collectors :)

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      This is actually very fascinating, and who better to offer the 10 best books on collecting arrowheads than a collector!

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting topic, I wondering if there's an equivalent collectible here in Australia?


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