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How To Find Native American Artifacts

Updated on October 19, 2014
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Missing Link is originally from rural Ohio. He currently lives in Hillsboro, OR. with his Wife and two Sons.


Searching for Native American artifacts can be challenging, an adventure and, fun. This article will give some tips as to how you can find some of these treasures.

You will need a good eye, perseverance and, good fortune.

This article will focus mostly on the types of farm country in America where people use plows and discs and plant/harvest corn, tobacco, soybeans, wheat, oats, etc. So this article is intended to address a large slice of America but is not meant to address the entire country.

My Dad taught me most of what I will tell you. He found many arrow heads, a tomahawk, two huge tomahawks (axe heads), a grain grinder and, a few beads.

Bare fields are a great place to find Indian rocks. I'm thinking generally of fields that have been plowed, put to the disc or, just planted. In these instances, most of the ground is bare and you can see rather well. After a rain is even better cause the rain washes dirt off rocks on or just under the surface making them more clearly visible.

My Father was very successful in finding Indian relics and artifacts but I was not. He found many and I found only one--I found a really nice arrowhead. I believe one needs a special gift pertaining to some aspect of vision to have good luck in this regard. My dad could be on the tractor, could spot what he thought was an Indian relic in the distance, stop the tractor and get off, walk over to the item and pick it up and sure enough, it was an Indian relic. He had some kind of uncanny gift or visual perception in this regard.

The main problem is it is very likely any Native American Indian artifact you find will have a chip or a piece missing. This is due to contemporary farmers using plows and other pieces of farm equipment. Over the years, these pieces of farm equipment have hit the relics and chipped/damaged them. For this reason, it is rare to find a perfect Native American artifact.

My father found two giant axe heads side by side. They are like tomahawks except much bigger. One of them is perfect---absolutely incredible! My father died about five years ago at the age of 78 and had been a farmer his entire life. I grew up on the farm in a very rural part of Ohio. In fact, about an hour away is the very famous Serpent Mound. Please click on the link below.

One thing you can do to improve your odds of finding a prehistoric relic is to do a little research. Perhaps one area near where you live had more Native American activity in the past than other areas. Perhaps there was a documented village or battle near where you live. If you can determine that and figure out the approximate location, your chances of finding something will be improved.

There are however Native Americans artifacts to be found nationwide. Let's face it, the native people of North America lived here for many hundreds if not thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The Native Americans lost many arrowheads while hunting and shooting at birds, small mammals, etc. Some relics have been found and preserved, others are waiting to be found and many, are likely lost forever.

Another way to find Indian relics is by climbing up or down bare hills. Ok, lets say you are in the country and walking alongside a creek. Often in places like this you will have a steep hill to one side or the other...or both. These will often be bare and are a great place to spot relics. Places like this are also where people will occasionally find things like mammoth tusks and other prehistoric relics.

Wear clothes you don't care much about when you go out looking for Indian rocks. Take a canteen or two with you and a little food or some snacks. Take a backpack if you want. It may get hot so be prepared for that. Looking for Indian rocks and artifacts is actually fatiguing to your mind and eyes so you probably should not do it for more than a few hours at a time.

It is also true you can find an arrowhead when you are not looking for them. You can just get lucky and be walking along and there is an arrowhead staring you in the face.

You should ask permission of anyone whose land you want to search on. Honestly, when I was a kid we would trespass on any farmer's land adjacent to ours. We would be sneaky in this regard. This seems inappropriate now that I'm a middle aged adult but it was great fun as a kid and that is just the way it was

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      Missing Link 6 years ago from Oregon


      That is cool! Sometimes I wish I were still living on that small farm in Ohio. Thanks much!

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      misckate44 6 years ago

      I've been able to find Indian tools and scrapers in the rock piles in various rivers in Tennessee...especially around Nashville, TN. Many indian settlements were along the riverbanks.

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      Missing Link 7 years ago from Oregon


      Thanks for visiting and your comments!

      Yes my Dad had a gift in this regard. Do you still live near your Grandad's farm? If so perhaps it is not too late to could ask the current owner. Take care!

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Interesting story about your Dad and his uncanny ability to spot these artifacts. You too!. I did find several rail road ties that date over 100 yrs old.

      My Granddad had a farm in Southern Georgia many many years ago. (He passed in the 50s) How I wish I could have explored the fields back then. He plowed with an old mule so any relics would have been in good shape.