Monday, May 28, 2018

A rainy day

I had the day off, I left my house in the morning to go try to find some arrowheads. I went to a place on the coast, where I have found many quartz artifacts. What's this?
It's the base of what turned out to be a pretty large arrowhead. I believe this shape is known as Squibnocket Stemmed. The tip is missing, but it's nice to find something this size that is even this much intact. I found a couple of broken quartz arrowhead fragments also.
I left that place and went to go meet my friend Dave. Some years ago, Dave identified a spot near where he lives, that has yielded some nice artifacts for us over the years. In the last couple of years, I haven't found much there, beyond little fragments. This was a good day. I was excited to spot this. It was almost the exact same color as the soil.
This is a Stark point. The material is, I believe, argillite. It is an indescribable feeling to pull something like this from the ground. I was elated.
Dave spotted this broken blade lying in plain sight, just waiting to be picked up for the first time in thousands of years.
It is a shame that it is broken. Big, nice flaking, made of an unfamiliar material- a type of felsite, I imagine.
I was looking very carefully and picking up every little flake and chip. A tiny broken edge sticking out of the soil turned out to be this great arrowhead. I could not believe my luck. I don't have a lot of points like this. I think this would probably be called a Neville Variant type. The material is felsite. These big stemmed points are generally older than the smaller quartz arrowheads I usually find. There is some damage to one of the shoulders.
Here are all of our finds from that site, that afternoon. Days like that are unfortunately few and far between.
My finds for the day, back at home. It will probably be a long time before I find artifacts like these again.

1 comment :

pwax said...

Great Day! I love the flaking on that broken blade.