reply to post by Hanslune
At my spot ive found some arrow heads, recent and high quality, and a couple of obsidian scrapers, that a local expert says are very "archaic",
plus an iron mule and cast iron stove parts from a lumber camp circa 1900 and finally a canteen from a fire crew in 1950 ish, that was left in the
crook of a tree. The tree has now grown around the canteen.
Not nearly as exciting as 12th century pottery, but the scrapers were thought to be at least 3k years old from their style of construction.
Sometime in the future an anthropologist will find this site with the almost neolithic artifacts mixed with stuff from the iron phase of the
industrial industrial revolution and finally stuff from our modern age in the canteen and the dozens or so wood,aluminum, and carbon arrows ive lost
The coolest thing is that I found the arrow heads by just sitting down.
I had hiked my mountain bike to the top of the ancient trail that leads to this spot from lower down and I spied a rock that was perfect for sitting
down at. As I went to put down my helmet and gloves on a rock that was perfectly situated for such a reaction, I noticed several med sized arrow heads
in a depression of the rock to my right.
Right where I instinctivley went to set my stuff down, on a medium sized flat topped rock adjacent to the large rock I was sitting on.
They had been there so long the dust and pollen and other forest detritus that had settled into the depression had turned to soil and was growing
moss, grass and leichens.
I picked up the top two arrow heads, trying not to disturb the rest of them. One each of obsidian and a banded flint.
Obsidian is the most used stone by the local native americans for arrow heads, spear heads and other such sharp tools.
But as far as I know flint is pretty rare around here(basically non existant).
I dont know where a flint of this type is available anywhere around here, and the obsidian likely came from a place called glass mountain, the core
of an extinct volcano about 100 miles away. The place is pretty wild it is essentialy a mountain of obsidian, not just an outcropping but an entire
mountain several thousand feet tall.
In places the trail going over it is carved into volcanic glass.
When I enquired as to where I could find find such a stone locally I was told I couldnt and that it was several hundred if not a thousand miles to
find such a stone.
This attests to the wide netw work of trade that exsisted back in the day.