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Collecting American Indian Artifacts

Updated on January 12, 2015

About Indian Arrowhead And Artifact Collecting

I think the main reason I enjoy collecting arrowheads and other Indian artifacts is the tangible connection to the past. Every time I pick up any artifact be it a bird point, atlatl dart, arrowhead, stone axe I find it awe inspiring to consider the hands that created this tool, used it, and eventually left it behind.

If the thought of finding a unique prehistoric artifact has piqued your interest read on and I will share some tips to help you start your own Collection of Native American Artifacts.

This article will look at where you can find arrowheads, how collect artifacts responsibly, and tips for buying legally attained authentic artifacts.

Photo of points from my own collection

Arrowhead Collecting Site On Our Farm
Arrowhead Collecting Site On Our Farm

30 Years Of Collecting Arrowheads and Indian Artifacts

How I Got Started

Hunting and collecting Native American Indian artifacts is a fun and rewarding hobby. In my family there is a long tradition of artifact collecting.

Some of my fondest memories involve surface hunting arrowheads along the river on my grandparent's farm.

When we had family reunions,after dinner the entire family young and old would join in the hunt. We didn't always find any Indian artifacts, but when someone was lucky enough to find an arrowhead it was always a source of excitement for the entire group. It was on one of these family outings that I found my first arrowhead (the only one that day) I was hooked.

Where Can I Find Arrowheads and Artifacts?

American Indian Artifacts Can Found in All 50 States

Generally, ancient arrowheads can be found throughout North America. All you need to be a successful artifact hunter is a little knowledge, keen eyesight, and fair amount patience. Water was the lifeblood of almost all primitive cultures, and Native American Indians were no exception. Water of course was necessary for drinking, but also provided a source of food (fish & mussels), transportation, and game animals were attracted to the water. For these reasons ancient life naturally focused around water sources.

Keep in mind that over thousands of years rivers change courses and lake levels rise or fall. Rivers can change their courses several times a century. Any site in the path of the rivers new course will be churned up and mixed with the rivers gravel however sites above the floodplain will remain intact. As the rivers move they deposit silt, creating terraces (areas of level ground above the current flood plain). Terraces provided an abundance of resources for ancient people, water in close proximity, good hunting and gathering prospects, natural shelter from the elements and fertile soil for the later agricultural societies. Today the ancient floodplains are still fertile and often fall under the plow. Plowed fields, on these ancient floodplains provide some of the easiest and most productive sites on which to search for ancient artifacts. Remember, today these ancient river terraces may be miles from the current river bed.

If you can't find a plowed field to hunt you will also want to consider looking at construction sites, areas where erosion occurs naturally, drainage ditches and small feeder creeks leading to larger bodies of water, gravel bars where feeder creeks empty into the main river channel, and in cut banks along rivers and tributaries.

When your hunting arrow heads obey the signs
When your hunting arrow heads obey the signs

Arrowhead Hunting Do's and Dont's

Commonsense Tips That Will Help You Gain Access To Private Property And Keep Out Of Trouble

Do: Get permission from landowner before you begin your search for artifacts.

Don't: Hunt for artifacts in State or National parks (you could be subject to fines and jail time)

Do: Confirm with land owner exactly where you are allowed to hunt.

Don't: Assume because a landowner gives "YOU" permission to hunt for artifacts, you are free to bring 20 of your closest friends.

Do: Respect the landowner, leave gates as you found them.

Don't: Dig without the express permission of the landowner to do so.

Do: Ask the farmer where he would like you to put any large stones you might stumble across in his field, and carry them out for him, (a little goodwill goes along way).

Don't: Assume because you have permission you are free to hunt anytime you like. The landowner may have reasons he would rather not have you on his property at a particular time. Check in on a visit by visit basis to be sure you won't be interfering.

Do: Keep a log of of any arrowheads or artifacts you find and where, include information about the geography of the location. Your logbook will become a valuable resource for pin pointing hot spots and provided clues to locations that warrant further exploration.

Don't: Disturb human remains or try to collect funeral objects. These types of sites are of significant archaeological importance and are protect by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Do: Check into, and understand all laws pertaining the collection of ancient artifacts in your area. Laws can vary from state to state. This is by no means a complete list, but along with some commonsense, it should keep you out of trouble. Remember that landowners talk, so being respectful can open a door to the farm down the road.

Discoidal indian artifact I found recently.
Discoidal indian artifact I found recently.

What is This Artifact I Found? Identification Guides And Resources

Arrowhead? Knife? Spear Point? Atlatl Dart?

If you find an artifact I am sure you will want to find out just exactly what you have. There are many resources available to help determine the type, age, and purpose of your artifacts.

Reference Books: are a great place to start. I like The Overstreet Identification and Price Guide to Indian Arrowheads. The Overstreet guide is a comprehensive reference. The guide is broken down into regions, and includes photos, distinguishing features, approximate age, as well as the estimated values for all of the point types.

As the title suggests Overstreet's guide is for arrowheads ("Arrowheads" being a catch all for arrowheads, spear points, and knives) therefore would not be much use for learning about other types of artifacts, such as pottery or hard stone tools. Don't worry there are plenty of reference books for any type of artifact you may find.


Online Forums: are another great source of information about all types of artifacts. I am a member at Arrowheadology. Arrowheadology is a 2,500+ member strong forum for artifact collectors where you can post photos of your finds, discuss typology, receive feedback from fellow collectors, see what other people are finding across the country, and get plenty of good advice to aid you in your search. Arrowheads. com is another excellent forum devoted to artifact collecting, and is chock full of resources. Join a forum and post your finds, you will be amazed what you learn.

Local Archaeological Societies: can be fountains of information for the amateur collector. Call or join your local society to get information on your finds. Joining the local archaeological society can also provide opportunities to: see local collections, hear seminars, be involved with local digs, and participate in other interesting events.

Local Colleges and Universities: archaeology departments can also be a source of information. Call and make an appointment to talk with someone on the staff. Archaeology professors can tell great stories about your artifacts.

I was able to use many of the aforementioned resources, to determine that the artifact pictured above is a discoidal. Discoidals were used in a game played by the ancient Americans, called Chungke. My discoidal is likely the product of the Mississippian Culture dating between 500- 1200 years old. Read more about Chungke.

I would suggest using all of these resources and any others you can find to gather information about your artifacts. What you learn is more than half the fun, and maybe the most rewarding part of this hobby that is artifact collecting.


Public Domain Image, via WikiMedia Commons
Public Domain Image, via WikiMedia Commons

About Buying Arrowheads And American Indian Artifacts

Where And How To Purchase Authentic Native American Relics

Now days there is a fairly brisk market in prehistoric relics. If you can't find artifacts on your own, it's the off season, or your collection is simply not growing fast enough it is easy to find artifacts for sale. Be aware that fakes are very prevalent on the market, especially if you are dealing with high priced, high end pieces. You really need to do your research so you can tell the real authentic arrowheads from the fakes. Ask your forum buddies for advice on how to spot fakes.

Buying Arrowheads on Ebay

If you are buying on EBay, pay attention to seller ratings, only deal with sellers that display their feedback, try to focus on auctions run by AACA members, look for auctions with clear photos(it is common to disguise flaws with dark out of focus photos), and only deal with sellers offering a 14 day or greater return policy. If you exercise your due diligence it is possible to pick up some real bargains on eBay. Look for reference books on EBay for even more bargains.

Buying Arrowheads At Flea Markets

Flea Markets are another place where it is common to find authentic artifacts for sale. You have to be careful here, maybe even more careful than on eBay. Again, you need to do your homework, understand patina, use wear patterns, and the basic form you would expect to find in an authentic artifact. Very large points, very sharp points, or points in exotic forms are most often fakes. Some unscrupulous sellers also will rechip old points in an effort to garner a greater profit. Rechips are probably more common than outright fakes. Do your homework!!!

Buying Arrowheads at Garage Sales

Garage sales are yet another source of artifacts to purchase. Even though, it is less common to find artifacts at garage sales than at other venues, when you do, often times the artifacts are no brainer authentic pieces. Since the people holding the garage sale don't commonly trade in artifacts the prices are normally a bargain. Bargain prices on authentic artifacts make searching garage sales a worthwhile endeavor.

To Dig or Not to Dig?

I am primarily a surface collector.I believe intact archaeological sites are of such singnificance that the digging is better of left to the professionals. I am curious what do you think and why? Should artifacts hunters dig habitation sites located on their own property?

To dig or not to dig?

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Recent Native American Indian Artifact Finds

Pictures Of Some Arrowheads And Artifacts I Have Found In Michigan


First Artifact Finds of 2012

February 2012

A beautiful celt I found February 2, 2012 it is very rare indeed to be able to hunt artifacts in Michigan during January and February

Fine Hardstone Cellt
Fine Hardstone Cellt | Source
Another view of celt.
Another view of celt. | Source

I also found these interesting bones along with the celt. I believe that they are Catfish barbs, the tip of one shows some polish as if it may have been used as a perforator.

Catfish barb needles
Catfish barb needles | Source

January 2012

This is a tiny Arrowhead "Birdpoint" I found January 20, 2012

Bird point personal find
Bird point personal find | Source

This is a true arrowhead often referred to as a bird point. The pock marks on the back of this arrowhead are caused by fire. This arrowhead was likely discarded into the ancient fire pit, or arrived there via a chunk of meat.

View of fire damage
View of fire damage | Source

Cool Artifact Collectors Clothing - Give an Arrowhead Collector a Gift They'll Love This Christmas

Indian Artifact Collectors Resource Links

General Arrowhead Collecting Sites

A great deal of information is available here regarding the peopling of the Americas. Be sure to check out the back issues of "The Mammoth Trumpet" Center for the Study of the First Americans quarterly newsletter.

Texas A&M Department of Anthropology

Center For The Study of the First Americans

Michigan Head Hunter

My blog on arrowhead hunting in Michigan

Reputable Artifact Dealers

Mound City Relics

Dealing only in authentic ancient native American Artifacts legally and ethically obtained. AACA member

Artifact Identification

OverstreetID.com Arrowhead Identification Database

The Official Overstreet Indian Arrowhead Identification Online Database showcases over 1,000 individual point types, 60,000 photographs, and much more. Browse the Overstreet Database to identify arrowheads of all shapes and sizes from nine different regions.

Online Projectile Point Identification

Projectile Points.Net is an easy to use resource for identifying American Indian artifacts.

Ancient Native American Artifacts Patina Explained

Understanding patina is key to telling the difference between real american artifacts and fakes.

Arrowheads.com Glossary of Point Types

Regional Artifact Collectors Links

Arrowheads of Texas- This site offer's some of the finest East Texas artifacts available on the market today. Be warned, once you visit this Arrowheads of Texas you will time will stand still as you browse this beautiful collection. This collection has been featured in The Who's Who in Indian Relics book as well as numerous other publications. Iit is worth the visit.

Texas Artifacts.Net offering top quality authentic Texas Indian Arrowheads / Artifacts for sale or trade. Member in good standing with the AACA

Texas Arrowheads

This is a great site with all sorts of information about Texas artifacts. Lots of photos.

Laws Governing The Collection Of Artifacts

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Know the law!

Here is a little information regarding artifact collecting on TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) land.

TVA _Cultural Resources Laws

TVA Cultural Resources FAQ

Related Articles

Every prehistoric artifact is a work of art and should be displayed accordingly. The following article is full of ideas to display your collection.

How To Display An Arrowhead Collection

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      Kentucky gal 21 months ago

      I really have enjoyed reading about your expieriences, advice and knowledge of surface hunting arrowheads and other artifacts. I got so tickled at your thrill when you found your second celt. I was excited for you! Loved the when you said...ok lets get it together.A hunter since1986&love it!TY!

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      who is a good authenticator from Michigan?

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Very interesting hub. I too collect points and other artifacts on my land. I have written a few hubs showing my finds also. Rated up!

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      it looks some interesting stones

      well done my friend

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just started arrowhead hunting 2 years ago and I was hooked from the very first time! It is SUCH a thrill to pull an artifact out of the dirt and think how many years ago it was handmade by a real person. I have quite a few arrowheads in my collection already and hope to add a lot more! I'm glad I found this website!

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      Amagai-Shuusuke 4 years ago

      I'll be sure to try my hand at artifact hunting during my gap year in Canada, really interesting lens :)

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      My late husband liked to hunt for arrowheads and rocks. I enjoyed learning more about artifacts.

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      pigwear 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I spent a lot of time as a kid hunting for Native American artifacts, and found some too! :) Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found a tiny (smaller than a penny) white bird point that is perfect a few days

      ago. It is paper thin. I would like to share the picture with your readers. How can I do that? I have found thousands of artifacts, this ONE is my PRIZE. I am

      73, hope I get to find more!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      in florida i found an entire indian jawbone with the teeth still in it and three arrow heads and large 2x2 inch coal where i guess someone tried to burn the body but failed, i had an expert from a university say he thought the bone is at least 900 yrs old, well i framed it and don't know what to do with it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: May be a dancing rattle turtle. Many Natives made them. Very commomly made in Eastern and Southern tribes. Very valuable if old. Send picture ???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have been hunting artifacts on the Great Miami River valley for 62 years. Now hunt with friends and grandchildren. Own thousands of surface finds and a few dug pieces. Wonderful hobby and great time teaching youth Native American Culture. Writing a book on living in Western Ohio 3,000 years ago based on research with The Ohio State University and personal discoveries. Showing maps and locations of my discoveries. Still going strong on discoveries.Only 74 years young and "Passing It Forward" to the younger Americans. Love the culture and teaching it.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      Great lens on an interesting subject. I hunt for fossils at Charmouth here in England and its great to find something new.

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Very useful information. My son and I have looked for arrowheads and artifacts in a place where a friend has found many, but we haven't had any luck. I think we need to be more patient.

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      SMW1962 LM 5 years ago

      Thank for posting this! I've often wondered how to start looking for these treasures and this gives me some ideas.

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would need to know more about this item. It sounds like a ceremonial rattle. Native Americans have used rattles forever and are still making them today. Organic materials like wood and turtle shell rarely stand the test of time, so my guess would be that your rattle was made sometime between the 1870's and yesterday. Hard to say anymore sight unseen and without more provenance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have found something and I would like to know what it is if anyone could help me it's a stick with an empty turtle shell at the end it almost looks like a dancing stick but it doesn't have any fur or feathers on it its hand carved with tribal symbols and it has 3 prongs sticking out of the bottom those where also hand carved could anyone help me and tell me what you think this is please

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry that name does not ring a bell. Does David Snyder have a Michigan connection? I will ask around.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey paul I'm looking for a david snyder his family had a collection of arrowheads and they had some mines in so. Cal have u heard of them?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your collection and stopped by again just to say so.

      My treasured arrowheads and artifacts are displayed in my home. :)

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      It's interesting - the celt looks like a stone, actually like a lot of stones I've seen. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, so I found that an interesting part of your lens in particular. I don't really hunt for artifacts like that, but I live in an area where there were early native settlements (in Canada, not the US) and found a couple of arrowheads buried in our backyard. Along the stretch of road where our old house was (right in the middle of town) the backyards were once a trail used by the natives going from one settlement to another. A few years ago, there were even a couple of sets of native remains found in one of the back yards. Early history and it's artifacts is a pretty interesting subject. We still have the remains of the earliest fish weirs here.

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      ndAirborneMedic1 5 years ago

      Very cool lens! I love collecting artifacts. Thanks for all the great info.

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      @bofirebear1: I agree with you completely in regards to digging. Digging in campsites and such areas should in my opinion be left to professional archaeologist, cemeteries should be treated with the utmost respect and left alone.

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      bofirebear1 5 years ago

      Not everyone agrees with gathering Native American Artifacts especially when you are digging. I won't go into why are why not but just say I am against any digging to find Native American artifacts of any kind unless it is okay to dig in cemeteries where your ancestors are.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I surely dig Indian arrowheads ... and actually dug one up when I was a kid living in Cleveland, Ohio, on the Westside!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      My kids and I used to go looking for arrowheads ( and found a few!) -thanks for this interesting lens which brought back good memories.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens. My family has several members with archaeology degrees and so our camping trips throughout my childhood always included artifact and fossil searches. Congrats on making the front page too!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great lens and the history is fascinating! Makes me want to start collecting.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      My grandfather had a large collection of arrowheads that he had dug up. I always loved looking at them when we visited.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a blessing, congratulations on receiving front page honor on this excellent study of collection American Inidan arrowheads!

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      When I was a kid they bulldozed an indian mound into the river near my home. For years, walking along the shores we would find all sorts of artifacts washed up. I did not find any arrowheads, although my brother did. What I did find was lots and lots of pottery shards.

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      Great lens! I've never had luck finding arrowheads but I guess I just didn't know where to look.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I have always found items like these to be fascinating. I always wonder about the person who created the piece and what they would think about while they were creating it. Thanks

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      Kay Rennie 5 years ago from Melbourne

      Great. That would be so exciting - to find a real arrowhead. Thanks for the good depth of information here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Spotted your arrowheads on the front page of Squidoo, and stopped by again. I was just looking at my collection of arrowheads with my oldest grandchild this weekend. :)

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Quite an interesting hobby which I never knew existed. Cool lens !!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is really great information.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It's cool finding old artifacts, especially since they can date from as recent as say the 1800s to way back before Europeans arrived en masse. Good set of rules, you always want to check with the property owner if you have permission because you can be prosecuted otherwise.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      This is a fascinating lens. I like collecting artifacts and once upon a time, it was easy to find stuff just lying around here in Israel. No more.

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      I dream of finding such artifacts it's usually a question of recognizing/identifying you have to look at a lot of stones first! Angel Blessings

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      Finding something ancient is always cool, I am more of a fossil hunter though - true I am not from the US and so can't really find an arrowhead that easily :) and artefacts in my area are not exactly cool lol. Have to agree on selection of the Pick, Eastwing rocks - it will never let you down - a must have for any geo/paleo/archeo person (not to mention it comes really handy when you climb a steep slope)!

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens, lots of information. I happen to be part Native American, just enough to open a casino, but I don't believe in gambling. I always thought it would be cool to buy a medal detector and search or gold.

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      I love all of the wonderful and detailed information you have included as well as the do's and do nots! Great stuff! Blessed!

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      originalartbroker 5 years ago

      cool lens...my dad has some arrow tips from southern minnesota where I grew up. Thanks for visiting me lens

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Nice lens! My family loves searching for arrowheads. My husband's the only one who has found any (and that was many years ago). We have "seeded" fields for my kids, though. They have found arrowheads. They just were left there more recently. ;) Either way, searching for arrowheads is a fun way to spend time outdoors and to develop observation skills.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very interesting lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Just a wonderful look into finding arrowheads, I've wanted to go find them and have found shelters dug into hillsides and you could even see where the fire had been...brought back memories, blessed...:)rob

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      Stoney2009 5 years ago

      Amazing resource on the subject. Liked and blessed by me :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      This is an excellent lens on hunting for arrowheads, and I especially like the Do's and Don't section. I've searched for arrowheads but so far, I have not found any. But I enjoy the hunt!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great lens. I will come back and do some more reading, I have always wanted to do some searching, since my dad and I found a couple of arrow points when I was a kid.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very good read. Thanks for so much information.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      No Red Indians here, but I dream of finding a stone-age tool. I have however found a Dakosaurus tooth (museum verified)

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Been finding arrownheads all my life all over Western NC. Lots in Yancy County and also Madison County. A lot more in Cherokee and Macon County also. Franklin, NC noted for Ruby's and Highlands, NC noted for Amethyst and Quartz. I'm a rock hound. Enjoyed you lens and bookmarked it also.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Someone need to preserve this artifacts. Great lens.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      This is a very thorough lens. Well done. Arrowheads are amazing when found. Like a look into the past.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoy hunting for arrowheads and other artifacts. As I live at the base of one of the four Native American sacred mountains, there is an abundance of arrowheads in the area. My neighbor has quite a collection, as he has a gift for finding them. Enjoyed this lens. Thanks.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I was very appreciative of the comment you made about respecting land owners when hunting. In all things, I feel that respect should be a top priority. This was a very inspiring an' enjoyable journey an' I learned quite a bit. Thanks.

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I'm not familiar with the hobby, but you've made hunting and collecting Indian artifacts sound interesting and addictive. Blessed.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      @indigoj: P.S. Nominated for a purple star. Fingers crossed...

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      This sounds like such an interesting hobby, and is a beautifully put together page too. Couldn't do it around these parts but I've always liked the thought that I might come across Roman remains (they came further north than people think) or some other artifact from the past. Angel blessed. :)

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      Bellwood-Antiques 6 years ago

      This is a very informative lens, I lived in the west for 35 years and I didn't do any looking but my friends father was finding indian pottery, this has been quit a few years ago. I do come across Indian artifacts in our business but not to often and I usually keep them not to many arrow heads, tools and bead work. The other half is into the Indian pictuers! This is a great lens, keep up dating them please.. Thanks

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing all these wonderful indian artifacts with us!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We love looking and finding old arrowheads and other Native American tools and artifacts. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      rivercityconcepts 6 years ago

      A fascinating hobby that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. Very nicely done!

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      I used to go artifact hunting, this lens makes me miss that! This was very well presented and educational, I am sure that this will inspire some people to go out and hunt for artifacts and hopefully trigger a deeper appreciation for history. I will try to plan something for my own family to do just that! Thank you!

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Nice artifacts! :) I think hunting for them would be much fun! :)

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      It would be fun, I think. This is an extremely educational and entertaining lens - I enjoyed it very much.

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      Amy Stephens 6 years ago from Missouri

      I think its fun, but the only time I have found them is when I have not been looking.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting. When my mother was a little girl, she and her sister used to find arrowheads in Islip, Long Island, NY. There were so many, they didn't have to look very hard. Unfortunately, because of that, they didn't keep any -- they thought there would be more where those came from.

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      Teddi14 LM 6 years ago

      I hope this lens gets more visitors. You did a great job. Thanks so much for putting my photo of the arrowhead we found on here and letting me know it's age. I am still so excited about it. I am going to log exactly where we found it and assign it a name so it "could" be part of historical record. Thanks so much for all your help!!!!

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      @Teddi14 LM: Excellent, I am sure your son will be hooked :) St. Joes is really a hot bed of Native American activity. Congrats to your son.

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      Teddi14 LM 6 years ago

      @Teddi14 LM: Just 4 days after reading your lens and leaving the above comment today I am so excited. I was out in my yard metal detecting a part of the yard that I had not done yet and while my son was screening the dirt he found an almost perfect arrowhead! Not 15 min. before he found it I told him to keep his eyes out for some. We live about 1/4 mile N. of the Fort St. Joseph site up on a hill along the St. Joe river. I have never found one but I have always thought our yard would be a good spot to find out. Now I may have turned my son into a treasure hunter for sure!

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed it. Very interesting. Thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great lens, I love this. I do hunt for arrowheads and have found some gems, and I have several that friends have given to me. I have a buffalo skull that was a gift to me, it was found in the Badlands. Anyway, I display some of my arrowhead collect on and around the skull in my office. I'm looking at them now. Thank you for writing this informational page!

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      Teddi14 LM 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. Very informative. I would love to find an arrowhead. I have found many stones, fossils and even a piece of petrefied (sp) wood. You might like to check out my mom's page about the dig in Niles to find out more about Fort St. Joseph. https://hubpages.com/education/Fort_St_Joseph_Nile There is an open house in August.

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      Igneous LM 6 years ago

      This is a great lens. We have a lot of arrow heads around here in Oregon.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Lots of good info here. Thanks for sharing.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Lots of good info here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Panela 6 years ago

      interesting lens. I'm located in Brazil, I wonder whether I could also find anciant Indian artifacts here... (=

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Sounds like looking for artifacts, after the rivers go down this summer, should be easy. Very interesting lens. Thanks for the info.

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      Bodyflip 6 years ago

      Awesome read, sounds like a lot of fun.

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      My Dad used to enjoy hunting as when a kid, their farm yielded many points and bowls, etc. I'm not an avid hunter, but admire those kind of things!

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      deanna6812 6 years ago

      What a neat thing! I never even considered this as a hobby, but it's something I might just have to look more into! Thank you for this!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      That is a wonderful hobby! I would enjoy hunting for Indian or other artifacts

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I've always wanted to pick up something like this as a hobby! I'm just never sure where to start.