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)
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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.
The next thirty arrowheads are from a larger group of 200 hundred or more of my favorite points. I will post another thirty from time to time. Hope you enjoy them.
(Jer 29:11 KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Hey Friends. Here are the next 19 artifacts for your viewing pleasure. The new arrowheads/spearheads are numbered 44-60 and you will find them on page one. Hope you enjoy them.
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entred into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who loue him.”
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!!!
Hi, My name is Stanley and I started looking for Indian artifacts in 1998. I had just moved my family from Florida back to my home place in North Carolina to pastor my home church near Newton Grove. My father, Joseph, was a farmer who used to plow walking behind a mule when he was a young man. It was during this plowing process that Dad would sometimes find a perfect spearhead or arrowhead on the sandy hills just above a swamp. One Sunday after church, I gather my four young sons in my red Ford pickup and told them that we were going to try to find an arrowhead like PaPa used to find. The first person we ran into less that a mile from home was my Father’s youngest brother, who led us to a spot on his land where he used to find them as a lad. Well that day each of us found an arrowhead and I have been enjoying looking for them ever since.