There are coins. There are stamps. And then there are arrowheads!
Celts in the Middle Ages when they found stone arrow points left
behind by the ancients. These European ethnic groups had used metal
for tools and weapons for so long that they retained no cultural
memory of ever making stone tools.
They did not even consider that people might have created those stone
“angel faerie tears”; instead, they made up fantastic stories to explain
what they occasionally found.
Only when European explorers accidently stumbled upon the “New World” did
they once again come in contact with people who used very little metal,
but excelled in the manufacture of stone, bone, shell and wooden tools and
Discover An Arrowhead In Your Garden And You’ll Never Look
At Bare Dirt The Same Way Again Forever
I know I sure don’t. Not since I found an agate arrowhead when I was
digging a new garden plot on my family’s land in Oregon.
That spring I was just 13 years old.
several others which I found over the next few years, in our
other gardens, in our plowed fields, on old paths and dirt
driveways up in the forested hills around our place, out in
fields where I was moving irrigation pipes, etc.
I never missed a chance to keep an eye on the open spaces and
freshly disturbed soil, just to see what I could find.
And over the years, my close observation has been rewarded many times, in
Just like thousands of other kids all over the country, I was intrigued
and fascinated by these arrowheads, the hunting weapons left behind over
hundreds and thousands of years of use by the peoples here before us.
Maybe you are doing the same thing today. Perhaps you have the same
questions about arrowheads which you find in the soil around your home.
My name is Franklin Scott Crawford. I grew up in Oregon and now I live in
Texas. A few years ago I put together this internet web site called
www.ArrowheadCollectingOnTheWeb.com to help kids and parents understand
what they are finding, to learn about arrowheads and other stone tools
made by the earliest pioneering inhabitants of our lands.
Those ancient peoples were ancestors to
some of us who live here now.
And some of them have been gone for such
a long time that no one today knows who
might be descended from them.
Yet we always want to know about them,
to understand their lives, and to study
the evidence of their time here. It is
that evidence which we find all around
To help understand these things, I also
publish a monthly printed newsletter
which illustrates and explains the tools
and weapons which we find: “ARROWHEAD
Collecting On The Web”.
I Invite You To Read “ARROWHEAD
Collecting On The Web” Every Month
“ARROWHEAD Collecting On The Web"
explores all of our questions about
the people who made these fascinating
stone weapons and tools over the past ten or twelve thousand years here in
North and South America and for many thousands of years before that in the
to the Rocky Mountains, from the Great Plains to the Atlantic and
Pacific Coasts, from the Desert Southwest to the Gulf of Mexico;
• how to find and identify their stone tools;
• how they made these weapons and tools;
• how old these tools are;
• and so much more.
of arrowheads and of collections which
show how different collectors display
the points they find.
Another photo story might follow an
individual expert collector or even an
archaeological project excavation to
see what is found and where.
One month I toured the Gault Paleo-
Indian excavation site in central
Texas and shared the stories told by
the Executive Director of the Gault
School of Archaeological Research
about their Clovis culture finds and
their continuing research into the
evidence of “pre-Clovis” materials
being found below the Clovis horizon
at the site.
The “Fine Print” Of Arrowhead
You will read about the rules of
looking for arrowheads, the
you can look. Every different part of the country has different rules, so
we examine these rules and legal guidelines for the various regions or
states across the country.
federal law (Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979), which
specifically protects arrowhead collectors from imprisonment or fines
for “removal of arrowheads located on the surface of the ground” on
public lands or Indian lands.
Each month you will learn about sharing or trading with other collectors
across the country, to examine and enjoy the many different types of
arrowheads found in the various regions.
You’ll read e-mail letters from collectors and readers all around the
world, from New Zealand, from Argentina, from Europe, Africa, Asia, from
Alaska and Canada, just to name a few. Each one is eager to see and to
share their ancient and authentic finds with you.
Modern Reproduction Implements And The Arrowhead
Collector’s Bane: Fake Artifacts
Another recurring theme in “ARROWHEAD Collecting On The Web” is the
discussion and illustration of modern flint knapping activities. We talk
about critically important information which helps collectors recognize
the difference between ancient, authentic artifacts and modern-made
It is an unfortunate fact of collecting life that copies of the most
popular types of authentic projectile points and tools are sometimes sold
as ancient. On occasion this happens innocently, through ignorance.
you of the fact that their points are
modern-made. They are proud of their
artwork and will sign it with a
diamond scribe or with indelible ink.
Yet, too often, slick operators, with
fraudulent intent, will let you
believe or even tell you that a modern-
made piece is ancient in origin. They
are trying to separate you from as
much money as possible.
In “ARROWHEAD Collecting On The Web"
we advise you to deal with someone
whom you trust, and to be careful even
then, when you consider buying or
trading for any artifact. Require
signed provenance for your purchases;
“certificates of authenticity”
That’s why “ARROWHEAD Collecting On
The Web” always includes a regular
list of “authenticators” who
are well-respected within the
someone who can render an informed opinion about artifacts from across
the continent and even from around the world.
As a collector myself, and as a flint knapper since I was a teen-ager, I
see artifacts which are likely to be modern reproductions, yet on occasion
they are still virtually indistinguishable from ancient weapons and tools.
I know how to look carefully and critically at many details of the flint
knapper’s manufacturing processes and to examine the evidence of use and
wear on the artifact.
Even so, I sometimes wonder about examples in my own collection which
appear to be authentic. I have to remember that, still, if a story sounds
too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.
understanding can give you peace of
mind about the artifact collection
you and your family are building
today or may have inherited from
It will also enable you to discern
and detect examples of modern-made
pieces which may have been purchased
or otherwise obtained even decades
ago in this country, and which have
been in your family’s collection so
long that the originally known and
recent (rather than ancient) source
has been forgotten.
So, to that end, you will find articles
and photographs comparing ancient
artifacts and similar modern repro-
ductions side by side, in detail, and
up close; to see the similarities and
to note the important differences.
That way you will learn how to compare
surfaces and edges, what to look at and
what to feel for, and how to recognize
what you see.
taken for a ride in purchasing or trading for an intriguing artifact;
only to later discover that it is a modern “fake”.
By the way, the difference between a “fake” and a modern-made reproduction
is mostly in the mind of the sneaky seller, who is not telling his buyer
that an “artifact” is newly made, and in the mind of the eager buyer, who
thinks he is getting an amazing deal on an unrecognized ancient piece
being sold by an ignorant farmer or plowboy.
“Caveat Emptor” definitely applies to arrowhead collecting, and “ARROWHEAD
Collecting On The Web” seeks to inform each reader about the opportunities
and the risks involved in buying, trading and exchanging arrowheads in
person to person transactions and over the internet through personal
contacts, auction sites, and dealer websites.
... Every Month!
Every month your printed copy of
“ARROWHEAD Collecting On The Web” will
show you arrowheads which have been
found on the internet, on the world
wide web, wandering the fields and
streams of eBay, and bring you the
stories about the person who
originally discovered it ... in the
place where it was last used,
abandoned or stored away and forgotten.
Each issue is usually 16 pages, with
extra pages for special features which
deserve more space, especially for
more photographs of artifacts and
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husband and I fight over the new issue every
… Jennifer P., California.
“I really enjoyed the extensive display of old
Northwest artifact collections in the April
issue; I know many of those collectors and
have seen their collections in person. Wish I
was back there today”
… Matt S., Pennsylvania.
“Come to Argentina and visit the sites where
we have found some amazing, ancient artifacts
and see our collections of stone relics which
date back many thousands of years. Many are
very similar to Paleo-Indian artifacts from
… Javier L., Argentina.
“Thanks for showing the spear points and
arrowheads from my grandfather’s Nebraska
collection in the recent issue of ACOTW. I
will be taking some of them to Jackson
Galleries to get evaluations and Certificates
of Authenticity so we can get an insurance
policy to protect his documented collection”
… Stephanie R., Kansas.
On The Web’. I have been a collector since I
was a child in the 50’s … involved in
archaeological digs, surveys, and field/river
searches in Kentucky since college. I would
like to share some of my finds with you”
… Rudy T., Kentucky.
been so rich in Paleo-Indian artifacts. I come from Port Arthur and loved
the article about McFadden Beach and its prehistoric finds”
… Roxie H., Texas.
looks better than I expected. That’s a good idea, which saves me a lot of
printing ink each month, as I always liked to print out the pdf file of
ACOTW, but the large photos tend to use up a lot of ink jet ink”
… Ed K., California.
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