Last week I posted about a new site where I found a few arrowheads. I didn't have time last weekend to thoroughly and systematically scour the entire area, I skipped around a little and there were a few spots where I did not have time to search. During the week it rained on two days, this was enough to encourage me to go back and to see what I might have missed and if anything new had been exposed. Looking in a little place that I had not been before, I found a broken quartz projectile point midsection- a large point or blade missing the tip and also snapped at the base. For me any find is a good find and this was enough to make the drive and the time spent searching worthwhile, it was good to find it.
I kept looking and moved into an area where I had looked the week before. I tried to ignore my own footprints and the rocks I had already flipped over. Fron time to time I would spot a chip or flake barely peeking out of the dirt, any broken edge protruding from the soil has to be checked. Then I found this, fully exposed on the ground:
This is something special and I was thrilled to find it. I looked at it for a long while before I picked it up, savoring it. Here it is in my hand, for scale:
The most remarkable thing about this find, to me, was this: less than two feet away from this obvious and exposed point, was the footprint of an arrowhead hunter who missed it. And that hunter was me. I must have practically stepped right over this thing. I would like to believe that this point was exposed by the recent rain, but I don't know that it rained hard enough to completely expose this if it was buried before. Perhaps it was covered by a leaf on my previous visit. But it could also be that as I walked by this point I was distracted just for a moment, maybe I was picking up some other rocks nearby, or looked up at a bird for two steps in just the wrong moment. Sometimes I will revisit a place where I have looked and find tiny fragments I missed barely visible and mostly buried in the dirt, that is normal as you can never spot absolutely everything. But this one was super obvious and I seem to have walked right by it. I scoured the entire area, looked everywhere I could, I didn't find anything else.
This point appears to have grinding on the stem. I took another look at the felsite stemmed point I found last week and that definitely was ground. This quartz one was probably resharpened down from something bigger. I think these might be Merrimack points, 6,000 years old.