ARROWHEADS


Spring 2000

My Grandfather's CollectionMy Grandfather has found thousands of arrowheads all over the country. Most of them he has found in Indiana where he lived. As a farmer plowing the fields you come across them more often than you would think, you just have to keep an eye out for them or you will miss them. You must remember that it was not more than 100 years ago when the last Indian battles took place in this region. To the right you can see some of my grandfather's collection. They are all authentic . Most were found in recently plowed fields. One was found buried in the side of an abandoned stagecoach.

Both sides of my first arrowhead.

No one can compete with my grandfather in arrowhead hunting, but even my MOM has found ONE. I could not be out-done by my mom. Finally, one day I decided to find one myself. Sarah and I went to Battleground, IN. This is where one of the last Indian battles took place between the Indian Confederacy, led by The Prophet, Tecumseh's brother, and U.S. forces led by General Harrison. We walked along the historical trail then spotted a recently tilled cornfield through the woods. We started searching, and within five minutes, I found one. It was right on top of one of the rows in plain site. I still cannot believe I found one. We did not find any more the whole time we were there. I plan to look for more, but the conditions have to be right.

Where I found my first arrowhead.

Finding my first arrowhead was fairly easy, but some guidelines need to be followed. Of course, Indians were everywhere but I guess it is good to know if possible, where a settlement existed or where a big battle took place. Once you know that, see if aerial photos are available at the local library or at Microsoft's Terraserver. The thing to look for is a farm. Find a site you think is good. Get the owner's permission to look for "rocks" for a geology project or something. Then, wait for them to till the field. Then, let it rain once. After the soil has dried, start looking. Take more people, unless you do not want to share your finds. It feels great to hold a piece of history in your hand. Just imagine what that arrow has seen. Who made it? What was it used for? How was it lost?

GOOD HUNTING


MARCH 2002

 

I found two more arrowheads at my families farm in Loogootee, Indiana on the White River East fork. It was kind of interesting being in the middle of 900 acres, in the middle of nowhere, looking for arrowheads and to get a call on my cell phone. It makes you wonder how far we have really come. Well, I found one nice arrowhead with just the tip sticking out of the ground. I am lucky that I saw it. The second one I found was a fragment. It is the pointed half of a larger arrowhead.My grandfather was with me and he pointed out the best area to find stuff. He was right. There is a certain area that gets washed out by the river when it gets high. Then when it rains, all of the rocks are exposed. Because there is a gravel road running through the property I donít even start looking for arrowheads until I am thirty or so feet from the road. This is because of all of the gravel that has been washed into the fields.



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