Tuesday, August 29, 2006

looking for arrowheads

The "dry lot" was originally created for my previous horse, Pleasure Boy.  He foundered on lush, spring grass, and after that I had to keep him in a dry lot, and only turn him out on pasture for limited amounts of time each day.  When I got Blue, I figured I'd manage him the same way; he looked like he'd be founder-prone, with that big, fat neck of his.

After the farrier assured me Blue had never foundered, I started letting him out on pasture all he wanted, except when it was the most lush, in spring. 

Cliff decided that since we have no need for a dry lot now, and since we're finally getting adequate rainfall, it would be nice to have pretty green grass growing there.  If it gets too tall, we'll just shut the horses in until they shorten it for us.  I imagine the lot is less than an acre.

After a really hard rain Sunday evening, I knew that if there were any arrowheads or other Indian artifacts in the plowed ground, this would be the time to find them.  My two best pieces came from this area, when a sow rooted them up years ago in the process of making herself a wallow.

As you can see from the pictures, there were plenty of pieces of flint, mostly chips that fell to the ground in the making of useful tools.  I'll keep looking.

 

9 comments:

marainey1 said...

You've had a busy day !  I will keep Mariah in my prayers.  We've had rain for 4 days straight now.  And yes, the grass is growing once more. 'On Ya' - ma

csandhollow said...

I look for arrows everytime I garden. i usually turn up a few.

fmgruber said...

Have only known three good artifact sites. One was off 12 mile road No of Detroit near the Red Run River named for early skirmishes there. Likely buried for good under advancing urban lawns now. Another was near Palisades Park, Michigan. That gold mine for artifacts was toally destroyed by construction of I-94 Expressway. the last site is almost a 1/2 mile walk from my house (like you say) only good for a few days when the ground is fully worked.
My-my, what a big penny you have!

deshelestraci said...

That is so cool!
Traci

grahamfarmga said...

What fun to look for arrow head. When we where young my dad use to take us some where to look for them but I'm not sure where? I think I shall ask him
Terrie

magran42 said...

Cool!  When I was out "in the trenches" in our early years, I found some nice pieces too.  I have one perfect arrow head.  What do you do with your finds?

lanurseprn said...

It's interesting to think about the history of your land, isn't it? Mine wasn't so interesting.  My house is on an old dairy farm.  I don't even wanna THINK about what I'd dig up! LOL!
Pamela

zosche973 said...

Yes, keep looking! Flint, arrow heads, how cool is that! Just stopping by to say hey,
reading all my alerts, and decided to leave my comment right here; had to put my
dog, Nikki to sleep last week, and I'm missing her big time! Haven't had a chance to tell Sugar yet, but I will drop a line or two later; keep us posted on those
arrow heads! ~Diane~

helmswondermom said...

I can remember we used to walk the garden every year when it was first plowed to look for flint and arrowheads.  We usually found some, too.
Lori