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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sifting underneath boulder overhangs

Im sure its not a concept unheard of to the veterans on here. I just figured at one point or another Native Americans..traveling..or for whatever reason sheltered underneath such places. Maybe due to being caught in a storm. Im assuming to pass the time go to work on some tool or another and possibly left something behind. Well I actually only tried this at one location. Spent a few hours digging and sifting. Not an easy task due to the small flake-like material. The one thing I did find was a perfect fire ring easily 1 1/2 ft deep or more. Rocks in a circular form with burn marks on the center. I simply covered back up and left it alone. I know of numerous formations like this and what I would consider mini caves. Anyone try this? Any luck at it. Just wondering if it was worth my time. Most locations I know of are very near to water sources. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2013, 08:18 PM
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Re: Sifting underneath boulder overhangs

I've seen alot of those hunting out west. You can usually see the smoke stain on the upper rocks. Behind waterfalls also there is often shelter area. I was once told there is a foot of overburden for every thousand years in a shelter, I have no idea if thats true or not.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 04:34 PM
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Re: Sifting underneath boulder overhangs

Are you into sifting?....Get a shovel, dig and sift around some of the islands in the river when the water level is down..Can be very rewarding.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 01:06 AM
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Re: Sifting underneath boulder overhangs

It may be against the law to excavate a rock shelter in Pennsylvania. I would have to check the current laws. You have to have permission to excavate an open site at the very least. If you dig and are not a professional Archaeologist you will be destroying all the information from that site forever. If it's arrowheads you want then get permission to walk in a corn field next to a river or stream. Then record what you find with the state. They will send you a site #. Your arrowheads will be three times as valuable if that's what your after. Please do not destroy a rock shelter site they are stratified sites that contain a wealth of information to the "trained professional".

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-07-2013, 12:51 PM
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Re: Sifting underneath boulder overhangs

I agree, and I don't think that such an overhang would be a mecca for finding arrowheads...I had very good luck sifting around river islands when I was younger, made a giant screen and would keep shoveling mud from the river bottom...Some days did good, some not, but perseverance pays....
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