Last week I put in some time and identified three new places that seemed likely, in an area where I have never looked before. After a little road trip on Saturday morning I could spend some pleasant hours outdoors looking. The first place was all rocks and gravel, stones of all sizes mixed with broken glass and trash. I carefully looked there for a while but the amount of rocks to sort through was just overwhelming. In the second place, I was surprised to see a couple of other people with sticks out there flipping over rocks, also looking for arrowheads. They were there first so I got back in the car and drove somewhere else, some distance away, and the conditions were not so bad, and there was nobody else there, and no indication that anyone else had searched there. I found this after a short while:
It is a mostly intact quartz point, fairly crude. I am not sure what to call this shape, or how old it is. I might speculate that this shape might have been used to spear fish or frogs, but I am just guessing. I spotted this just a few feet away:
After I wiped the dirt off:
This is the same shape as the other one, a little nicer. It is asymmetrical and probably reworked from something bigger. I was very pleased to spot this:
I don't get to find too many with nice visible flaking like this. I really like this shape and material, I think this is a type of rhyolite. This was a lot of fun to find. I think it is what is called a Lamoka point, perhaps 3500-5500 years old.
Here is what they looked like after I got them home and washed them off.
That night I agonized over the thought that I might have missed something. Looking at a satellite view, I could see some adjacent spots I had not explored, that seemed like good places to look. Sunday was a busy day for me but I realized that if I planned my day just right I could return to this place, but would only have 30 minutes to look. I raced there and ran from spot to spot, everywhere I wanted to search was either simply too choked with thick weeds, or was sticky mud and ooze with no rocks visible. But I did spot this:
This is the same shape as the ones from the day before, but about twice as long. It is missing the tip. I'm very pleased with these finds and look forward to learning more about these lanceolate points. I will return to this place and hope that with time I will make more finds that will help me understand what went on in this place, centuries ago.