Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall arrowhead season

     Many sites, where I once found arrowheads, have been destroyed. I have spent a lot of time this fall searching in new places. I haven't found anything.
     I drove by a familiar place. The conditions looked terrible- a disappointment. I kept going, but after a while I turned around. There were some small spots there, where the ground was exposed, and where I could look. Maybe worth taking a short walk, get out of the car, stretch my legs a little.
     I parked my car on the road. I took a few steps. I was about 5 feet from the pavement and had been out of the car for less 10 seconds, when I saw this.
      I could not believe my own eyes. Usually, for me, looking for arrowheads entails long hours of pacing back and forth, sometimes finding something, more often finding nothing. There have been a few times that I have found something almost right away but this particular find is a new record for me, I think. I wonder how many stone tools are under that road? How many people, driving there, would ever suspect?
     This is, in my opinion, a good example of this type of projectile point. Squibnocket Stemmed, I would call it. The material is quartz, as usual. A typical shape and material for southeastern New England.
     I found some other items that afternoon. This one was easy to spot.
     Not as nice as the first one but still a decent point, I think.
     It was a good day!
     A different day, in the same place.
     It's a Squibnocket Triangle. I don't know why the people who lived in this spot used quartz so much, and almost never any other material. This little guy is rather well made. The person who made it had skill.
     It rained this weekend. Maybe I will go back to this place.


pwax said...

Gosh. You are lucky (I mean hard working). It has been more than a year since I saw an arrowhead and I have about given up looking.

Dennis Dee said...

Excellent finds !!