Fellow Collector:

There are coins. There are stamps. And then there are

    “Angel faerie tears”, as flint arrowheads were called by the Scots and
    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.

    I still have that arrowhead (photo to left, actual size). And
    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
many places.

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
us today.

To help understand these things, I also
publish a monthly printed newsletter
which illustrates and explains the tools
and weapons which we find:  
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
“Old World”:

    • where they lived, from the edges of the retreating Ice Age Glaciers
    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.

    Each month you will enjoy photographs
    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
    Collecting Activities

    You will read about the rules of
    looking for arrowheads, the
restrictions which some states and government laws place on where and how
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.

    One edition highlighted the famous “Jimmy Carter Clause” in the U.S.
    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.

    Honorable flint knappers will inform
    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”
    whenever possible.

    That’s why “ARROWHEAD Collecting On
    The Web” always includes a regular
    list of “authenticators” who
    are well-respected within the
    collecting community, so our readers will have contact information for
    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.

    Accurate knowledge and practical
    understanding can give you peace of
    mind about the artifact collection
    you and your family are building
    today or may have inherited from
    previous generations.

    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.

    This can save money, embarrassment and aggravation. Nobody likes to be
    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.

    The Thrill Of Discovery
    ... 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

    When you subscribe to the "ARROWHEAD
    Collecting On The Web" newsletter,
    which is distributed by postal
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Your first copy of "ARROWHEAD Collecting On The Web" is an introductory
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basis at the normal publishing interval.

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    That’s less than $20.00 per month for a full-color, printed hard copy
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    … Jennifer P., California.

    “I really enjoyed the extensive display of old
    Northwest artifact collections in the April
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    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
    North America”
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    “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.

    “I enjoy each edition of ‘Arrowhead Collecting
    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.

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ACOTW--Vol2-Num8--August 2010--Arrowhead Collecting On The Web, basalt Wallula Gap arrowheads ex John Cockrell collection
ACOTW--Vol2-Num3--March 2010--Arrowhead Collecting On The Web--obsidian Redding Side Notched arrowheads from California -- Ben Stermer Certificate of Authenticity
ACOTW--Vol2-Num2--February 2010--Arrowhead Collecting On The Web -- modern-made Knife River Flint spear and dart points by Mike Santiago
ACOTW--Vol1-Num7--November 2009--Arrowhead Collecting On The Web -- side by side comparison of obsidian arrowheads -- modern made by F. Scott Crawford and ancient Shasta Gunther from northern California, ex Robert Roy
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