I recently changed the look of my site and realized that it might be helpful to reset the order of my Native American artifacs. I want to show the King’s Den first because these are my faorites. There is a group of really neat blades, tools and unique artifacts that I have found that follow. Finally comes eleven more frames of arrowheads and spearheads. This gallery and the two galleries in the next two posts that follow this one represent all the artifacts I have found since I started hunting for them in 1998. Of course, I have given a few away to family and friends, but these three galleries represent the bulk of my collection which have mostly been found in Sampson County North Carolina. Hope you have fun looking!
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2
When I walk the Sampson County North Carolina fields looking for arrowheads, I often find other artifacts that were used by the Original Native Americans around their camp sites. Stone tools are most of what I have found because they have survived the elements for hundreds and thousands of years. In the gallery shown here, there are hammer stones, grinding stones, scrapers, pottery shards, cores, stone plates, nutting bowls, grinding bowls, and clay pipe stems and bowls. I hope you enjoy looking at them and trying to figure out how they would have been used.
I found this nice Kirk Corner Knotch Drill this year and WOW was I excited when I pulled it out of a ditch made by the run-off rain water in a sweet potato field. It is about as perfect as it gets, especially for this Eastern North Carolina region. All my finds to date are surface finds and not digs. That sure makes a near-perfect find a rare thing. The agriculture industry has been plowing these local fields for so many years that finding the good stuff has become very hard to do. Anyway, I went through my collection and selected 73 of my favorite finds just for your viewing pleasure. I have tried out a few cameras since we lost our good one but am just not happy with the results enough to post the pics made of my last 500 or so arrowheads. I hope to be able to get that done this summer. Have a great summer my friends.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.(Phil 4:19 KJV)
This link, http://www.csasi.org/states/nsc/, is to the Piedmont Archaeological Society’s Home Page and is the very best resource I have every found for helping me understand the different cultures from which Native American artifacts in North Carolina receive their identification. Overstreet is also an excellent resource. It is divided into regional sections of the United States and has a very good section devoted to the Eastern Seaboard which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The unique feature of Overstreet is that it gives an at least relative indication of what the value of artifacts found in North Carolina is. (I personally am so attached to my artifacts, having found each one myself, that I tend to think their values underpriced. I know you hunters and collectors will appreciate my perspective.) However, if you are interested in learning the science related to identifying the difference of one artifact from another, please take the time to read through the information on the Piedmont Archaeological Society’s site.
It is really rare to find large stone tools but I have found a few over the past seventeen years. Here are a few thin blades, some stone axes and a really fine marble celt that is perfectly beveled to a sharp edge. I have also found a few beads, some broken banner stones and some interesting gray and clear quartz cores that were surely intended to be shaped into arrowheads but were lost at camp sites. I have a lot of other tools that I have not yet photographed that I will post later.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Cor. 10:3-5)
Guess what this arrowhead is called; a Stanley, named for Stanley County North Carolina where this culture is identified. It is special to me because we share the same name and because it is a very nice example of what a Stanley is suppose to look like. The next 101 arrowheads are among the best I have ever found. FYI, you will have to look about four pages deep in order to see all 101 of this post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
(Rom 8:37 KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Here’s a very nice Yadkin-Eared quartz arrowhead I found about ten years ago. Quartz is a rock type typical of Sampson County but finding good examples is a struggle because of the softness of the material. One interesting thing about quartz is that it is a crystal formation which will never have patina that forms on other stone types because of oxidation. One must rely on the shape of a quartz arrowhead in order to identify its culture time period. It will always be shinny and pretty. That is why the ladies always pick them when I give them an opportunity to select an arrowhead from my collection. They just sparkle whenever the light hits them.
(2 Cor 4:6 KJV) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(Mat 5:16 KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I am excited to finally be able to share my Indian aritifact collection. This is the first 41 and most of them are spearheads that would have been used for defense from enemy tribes and for hunting big game such as buffalo, deer and bear. When I first became a pastor in 1998 the Lord and I sorta had a deal. I would walk and pray and He would help me find these wonderful hidden treasures made by the ‘original’ native americans. There are many amazing stories over the past 17 years of how a very specific leading in my spirit would be confirmed by the immediate finding of a wonderful, almost perfect arrowhead. I never fail to be thrilled at their discovery. I hope you will enjoy them too and may the Lord bless you and keep you!!!