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Old 05-17-2018, 05:56 PM
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where can you try to find arrowheads in North Florida, South Georgia or South Alabama and be able to keep what you find legally?
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In NC and SC we always check with farmers, the closer to running water the better.
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In NC and SC we always check with farmers, the closer to running water the better.
Thanks for your reply. My problem with that is I just moved here and don't know any yet.
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Thanks for your reply. My problem with that is I just moved here and don't know any yet.
Find a field just plowed, preferably after a good hard rain and you’ll find some. The Piedmont area of N.C. is good. Nice red clay type soil.
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Originally Posted by WynnDee View Post
Thanks for your reply. My problem with that is I just moved here and don't know any yet.
Most are pretty cool about it, they couldn't care less about you arrowhead hunting, just be careful of their rows if they've planted already. Just do some research, find some rivers (or riverbeds) and go riding. Knock on some doors and shake some hands. My in-laws have ~1700 acres of farmland in Horry County, pottery, flakes, points by the crate. Plenty of old homesites to metal detect too.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post

Find a field just plowed, preferably after a good hard rain and you’ll find some. The Piedmont area of N.C. is good. Nice red clay type soil.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post

Find a field just plowed, preferably after a good hard rain and you’ll find some. The Piedmont area of N.C. is good. Nice red clay type soil.
This....most of the ones I've found have been after plowing up a field. I've never done it, but at my brother laws place in ga they find them on the sides of dirt roads after a rain

My buddy was clearing an area on a river in Covington ga and they found hundreds and hundreds of them. They brought in some professors at some point from UGA or somewhere I can't remember but they found all kinds of stuff
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My wife found this one on a beach in cape cod ma. Just was dated as 3000 years old
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My wife found this one on a beach in cape cod ma. Just was dated as 3000 years old


Wow, that's pretty cool.

Did you send it somewhere to have it dated? How do you date them? Do you know the culture or people that made it?

I have found a few here on my property in CA. I'll try and look for them and post a picture.
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Originally Posted by cabissi View Post
My wife found this one on a beach in cape cod ma. Just was dated as 3000 years old
Beautiful. Awesome find.
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I trained as an archaeologist. While picking up arrowheads technically is disturbing an historic site it is pretty easy to do. I walked cornfields all over PA and found hundreds.

1) Get a USGS quad map of the area you are interested in walking. Reading contours is the key.
2) Look for running water near an elevated area. If it is flat near the water most if they were there would have been washed off during flooding.
3) Basically look for a place where you would set up camp for several weeks.
4) Wait for rain.
5) Walk.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
Wow, that's pretty cool.

Did you send it somewhere to have it dated? How do you date them? Do you know the culture or people that made it?

I have found a few here on my property in CA. I'll try and look for them and post a picture.
Our daughter is on a dig and had the archeologists look at it. Next time shes home in a few weeks we will be getting some more information.
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Everyone else nailed it. Near water, freshly disturbed ground follow by a rain. Indian artifacts are not uncommon.
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thanks so much for the information guys! I’ll post if I find anything!
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way cool on all parts.

one of the better topside threads for sure.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
Wow, that's pretty cool.

Did you send it somewhere to have it dated? How do you date them? Do you know the culture or people that made it?

I have found a few here on my property in CA. I'll try and look for them and post a picture.
the style tells a lot about age...my buddy has found thousands of them over his 60 some odd years. Spear points, arrowheads, tomahawk heads, etc. He had them all categorized for the periods and date ranges. Down in FL, i'd imagine most any higher piece of land near water would be a good spot to start looking. There are also trading camps in certain areas where you can find all sorts of stuff that the injuns and settlers traded with each other.
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Big ones (over 1") are likely spear heads. Depending on age/region probably used with an atl-atl.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
I trained as an archaeologist. While picking up arrowheads technically is disturbing an historic site it is pretty easy to do. I walked cornfields all over PA and found hundreds.

1) Get a USGS quad map of the area you are interested in walking. Reading contours is the key.
2) Look for running water near an elevated area. If it is flat near the water most if they were there would have been washed off during flooding.
3) Basically look for a place where you would set up camp for several weeks.
4) Wait for rain.
5) Walk.
What area of PA? We have found about 100 over the years but haven't hunted in 30 years near our homestead in SE Pa. I found a spear head once in the creek while gigging suckers. It is pretty cool too, I believe black onyx.
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what ever you do, dont be like the scum bags down here in Florida. these guys go on anyone's property dig massive holes all over the place then leave 4ft deep holes.
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Originally Posted by ZENFOLD View Post
What area of PA? We have found about 100 over the years but haven't hunted in 30 years near our homestead in SE Pa. I found a spear head once in the creek while gigging suckers. It is pretty cool too, I believe black onyx.
I was working on my PhD at Penn State. For pay we subbed ourselves out to PennDOT. When you are doing anything with federal money (road widening etc.) you need a historical impact statement. So I worked pretty much the whole state but mainly in the central and eastern parts. It has been years but if I recall correct the area around Port Royal was productive. In some areas the farms at that time were switching to a no till system and that made it more difficult. In those areas we would dig a small pit every some many meters apart to sample the area.

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