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Thread: Have you EVER found Native American artifacts in MI?

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    Mar 2012
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    Have you EVER found Native American artifacts in MI?

    I was wondering. I haven't really gotten into N.A. hunting til just recently, I know that some of the best places to hunt are stream banks and beds, and plowed fields after a rain. And I KNOW that there was a lot of native activity in MI....I know "what" to look for, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong places?

    My question is; Have you ever found and scrapers, axe heads, points, tools, etc in MI? And if so, what rough (I don't want anybody to give away their honey holes here) area of the state you found them in?

    Thanks, I'm trying to not get disappointed.

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    Feb 2012
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    Above are some that were found around the tri-state area (In, Mi & Oh.) by my Great Uncle.
    I have found some too, but it has been many years, and it was only because a good friend was kind enough to take me to some of his honey holes.
    He has a collection that has MANY museum quality pieces that he has amassed over 35 + years in this area.
    I am in Branch county.

    Tom
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    Mar 2012
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    Man, that's a nice collection, Tom! More than enough to keep me "motivated" :-)

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    us
    Oct 2005
    Northern, Michigan
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    Every year hundreds of "Copper Culture" relics are dug in the western U.P. (Keweenaw (KEE-wuh-naw) Peninsula) area.

    Take care though, much of this stuff is dug illegally on state lands or is stolen from property owners. And too there are the Native American lands which will get you into more trouble than you'll ever care to experience.
    "Everything is an anomaly" Michigan Badger

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    us
    Feb 2012
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    Thanks !
    I didn't find any of the ones pictured, those are just a few of my Uncles finds (from many years ago).
    I also have a cigar box of broken stuff too.
    I'll ask that friend of mine how he goes about determining where to look, and where not, and pass it on so you can hopefully narrow your places down...

    Here is a link to old county maps for michigan that might help till get the other info for you.

    Michigan Antique Maps and Historical Atlases - Historic Map Works

    Hope it helps you !

    Tom

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    Aug 2011
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    Your post is timely for me because i am also interested in hunting points. Been watching the utube videos on arrowhead hunting, that will get you pumped up.
    I did once find a cache, i think, of 3 points @ a site that i was scouting for privys to be dug. I must go back there and find the spot again!

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    us
    Apr 2007
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    I found a 3000-5000 year old copper celt from the old copper complex. I found it in escanaba michigan, 16-18 inches deep, sold to museum.
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    [QUOTE=Diggit;2736503]I was wondering. I haven't really gotten into N.A. hunting til just recently, I know that some of the best places to hunt are stream banks and beds, and plowed fields after a rain. And I KNOW that there was a lot of native activity in MI....I know "what" to look for, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong places?

    My question is; Have you ever found and scrapers, axe heads, points, tools, etc in MI? And if so, what rough (I don't want anybody to give away their honey holes here) area of the state you found them in?

    Thanks, I'm trying to not get disappointed.[/QUOTE i am fascinated with arrow heads i actually dig for them every year in my backyard and have found one, but continue to search and have a total of 4. if you ask me i search lakes and swamp areas and for some reason like digging i think these three ways are helpful in finding arrow heads

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    heck yeah theres artifacts in mi

    The ground in mi is littered with stone artifacts. Most are mound builder era. Archaic and woodland. What area are you in? If you can find a river bank with some soil layering, the artifacts are usually stuck between the second and 3rd. That is if you live in the basin. If you're on the east side near the saginaw bay or detroit just find a park or somewhere with construction. You don't have to be in the up to find copper, gold,silver,and even iron artifacts.
    These ancient cultures used stone for currency and trade. You can find rocks EVERYWHERE with smal carvings of animal human faces landscapes.... if you can find mounds near water you can find artifacts and human bones being eroded away.
    To find artifacts in michigan, just look down and adjust your eyes, because the style does not look like familiar indian stuff. Arrowheads are rare. Because these were not hunter gatherers. They were farmers. And herders.
    There were huge civilizations that lived along the icesheet where herds of animals congregated.
    Anyway, good luck. Michigan is a marvelous place with many mysteries.
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    Oct 2013
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    We live on the banks of Duck Creek in Ionia County and have found some points. They don't look like what you expect an arrowhead to look like though. They're similar to what stone age, northern european points look like. We found them by accident, after we had an area excavated for a pool (about 18" deep.) The kids were playing on the dirt hill that was left over and they keep finding evidence of a previous culture. I keep planning to make a sifter and see what I can find. I talked to someone from the local historical society and my property was a landing for the creek until the mid 1800s (the creek is fairly large and feeds the Coldwater River.) The points we found look different because they were for fishing.

    We've also found a ton of artifacts at my dad's property on the Muskegon River. Axe heads, grinding stones, SO much stuff. We gave most of it back to the local tribe but we've found literally hundreds of items there.
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    Nov 2013
    Belleville, MI.
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    I just found this a couple weekend's ago, in southern MI.
    I am taking it to the U of M archeologly dept. to help tell me more about the piece.
    Thanks
    Dave - KC8RQH
    Happy Huntng

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    us
    Sep 2012
    southeast mi
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    Quote Originally Posted by redly846 View Post
    <img src="http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=895704"/>
    I just found this a couple weekend's ago, in southern MI.
    I am taking it to the U of M archeologly dept. to help tell me more about the piece.
    Cool find , and welcome to TNET from romulus

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    Apr 2013
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    pretty much private land is the only place to hunt michigan has a law that states any indian artifacts found on any governmental land is to be turned in or face felony charges so be careful out there and good luck

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    Mar 2014
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    Here is a cache from Michigan. I have it on ebay right now.
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