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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow head material

I found my first arrowhead the other day. Spend all this time looking and then I find one when I am not. My questions is what type of rocks did the Native Americans in Western PA make there heads out of? I believe this is flint, but was told there is no flint in Pa. I have seen heads in NJ made out of quartz.

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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 12:40 PM
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Indians traded material, so just because something did not exist in PA doesn't mean PA indians did not have access to it or use it.




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True they did trade for flint and other materials. According to a guy I know who is up on htis, there is supposed to be some really good flint in OH and KY. Also I've heard about a site in Bedford county that was a supply of poor grade fliint for arrowheads.
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When I was a kid I found a nice hunk of red flint down by Herndon while looking for arrowheads. It weighed about five pounds and I had it for a while then over the years I just misplaced it or something.......Ken
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So there is flint in Pa. One amazing thing is the sides are still sharp. I am going back today with a sifter and shovel to try and find others
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Re: Arrow head material

Cool find. My son and I have been looking on and off this summer for arrowheads with no luck yet. There has to be a few out there somewhere. Did you have any more luck when you went back?

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The farms along the Susquehana are a gold mine for finding indian artifacts..My grandfather found lots of arrowheads,axeheads,etc. through the years. He had an awesome collection which he found on such farms...Me, most of mine were found on the family farm and only one came easy--when I was a kid I was playing with my Tonka trucks and I dug a shallow hole in the dirt just beyond our porch steps...I found a dandy four inch arrowhead made of white flint...I still have it and even though I have found others through the years, this one remains the pride of my collection.....Ken
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I looked but, no luck. I will try another spot. I tied to date the arrow head but they more or less all looked the same. this one was my first and I was with my son so this will always be my special one(my precious).

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i have about 200 arrowheads that were found in the carbon county area of pa. most are made from flint, some quartzite, and a few are from jasper.
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I've been told that a great deal of high-quality flint heads found in PA and elsewhere have been traced back to a variety that is found around the Coshocton, OH area. Not only was the material used for trade, but large stockpiles of already-knapped heads were found amongst other trade goods that date to pre-contact periods. Some were on display at an odd little museum I visited last summer in the area.
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