May 16 - Arrowhead Hunting Around Cincinnati

When I got home I called a friend of mine, Jon Dickinson, so we could get together and catch up on things. We never do much catching up though, after a long time apart we get together and it's right back to normal, like we had both been here all the time. There aren't many people I can do that with.
Jon is an avid arrowhead hunter. When the fields in Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky are plowed in the Spring and Fall and after it rains, he goes out to walk the fields. I went with him to several sites and found my first arrowheads ever. He is more discriminating regarding what he puts in his pocket and what he throws back down on the ground, he's been doing it long enough that finding a broken point doesn't do much for him, me on the other hand....I was excited to find anything at all. Just walking along the plowed rows of a field and there they are, just sitting on top, or maybe just the unmistakable shape of an arrowhead tail peeks out of the dirt and your heart races as you go to pull it out.....will it be a whole arrowhead, or just the broken off tail of one as a result of a hundred years of plowing? You never know. There are of course many more arrowhead "pieces" out there than there are whole, unbroken ones, but they are out there. The points and pieces thereof in the photo below are all between about 6 and 12 thousand years old, all made by the prehistoric Indians who had camps along the bluffs above the many rivers and streams in this part of the country. The feeling I got when I found these things was like finding buried treasure, but I have to wonder about the people who made them, the families they may have fed with the animals killed by the points....what was life like for these people? They didn't have to worry about health insurance or paying off their car or cell phones and lap tops. Oh no, their time was spent very differently, they had other worries.

Below is a detailed description of the points in the photo.

#1 - Jon found this one on Round Bottom Road. it's a crude scraper. probably never finished completely.

#2 - I found this one out in Okeana, is most likely the tip or tail of an early Adena point.

#3 - Jon's find in Okeana, just a broken off point....what 130 years of plowing gets you.

#4 - Jon's find in okeana, another broken tip.

#5 - Jon finds another broken tip, pink chert...same stone as the number seven point.

#6 - Jon's find in Okeana. it's worked, smoothed on one side, he threw it back down on the ground, i picked it up.

#7 - I found this one in Okeana. we were walking a field very closely in an area that looked really good, all the tell tale signs were there. the same pink chert as the #5 point, found within 50 yards of each other. The dark smudge on the middle right side is a patch of crystals, no joke, like a geode or something, very small crystals.

#8 - I found this one not 60 seconds after #7. within 8 feet of each other. I think it's pretty cool, a little out of the ordinary. Both between 7 - 8 thousand years old.

#9 - I found this on round bottom road. Probably 90% of a 12,000 year old point, serrated on the sides, it's known as a bifurcate.

#10 - I found in Okeana. we had just walked the field where we found 7 and 8 and we just walked across the road to the next field, just as we were deciding there wasn't anything there, that the land was too low, I found this rear half of a nice sized adena point....right on top, completely exposed.

#11 - Jon found this point. these are the kind that kill me. you're walking along and see this thing stuck in the ground with the tail sticking out thinking it's a great find, you pull it out and it's only the tail piece. i think that would have been a really nice piece had it been whole. Jon gave it to me, as it was just a half of one...I'm still happy with a half, he has so many they clutter his room.


Description of these points below.

 
 
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