Thursday, September 1, 2005

especially for memes1 (comment in last post)

That's my total collection of Native American things found on our land, except for another handful of tiny pieces of flint.  Those two nice big ones were rooted up by a hog, back behind our barn.  Mostly what I find is pieces of flint the Indians chisled off the items they were making, although you can see that white piece to the right of the big ones was a spear if you look closely.  It's only about half a spearhead.

The man from whom we purchased this land was the first person ever to plow it and farm it, and a friend of his who was an expert at finding these things really made a haul.  What I find is the leftovers. 

Still, it's a good feeling to hold those things in my hands and realize that someone took great pains to make them, long ago, on what is now my own land.

The owners of a nearby orchard where I used to work in the autumn have a huge collection of things like this.  They've had experts come in and look it over, and theirs all came from the Hopewell period, which goes back even before the time of Christ.

" The next era would be the Woodland Period, (1,000 to 500 B.C.). The Hopewell tribe inhabited Missouri during this period. They learned how to fire clay pots and tools, engaged in trade, and created large ceremonial earthworks. They cultivated corn and hunted deer and wild turkey."

I was told that largest piece is probably what they used for a hoe.  Both of those two bigger ones were "fired" to make them that reddish shade.

1 comment:

memes121 said...

Thank you my friend! My dad found an arrow head a long time ago but we lost it. The field beside our house is loaded with them. It belongs to someone else and they search it over and find all kinds. I have went there but have found nothing. Of course, I wouldn't know one if I found it unless it was a whole arrow head. Thanks for the photo!