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  1. #31
    Apr 2018
    Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania
    Garrett Ace 400
    202 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Awesome find! Definitely a copper spear point, around 3000/3500 years old. Look up Old Copper Culture on Google. Native Americans didn't smelt metal like over in Europe, but they did find natural deposits and nuggets of copper ore. They just cold hammered them into shape. These types of artifacts are scattered around the Great Lakes, with the Wisconsin area seemingly the core area, but they do occur in several states around the Great Lakes, including upstate New York. I know of one confirmed Old Copper Culture artifact here in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania where I'm from, a socketed adze (a woodworking tool). As far as I know, this is the only culture and the only place where these types of artifacts exists. It's a great find, those types of artifacts are really not that common. Congratulations on a great hunt!
    Watch videos of my finds on YouTube channel NE Pa History and Archaeology Search..Good luck and Happy Hunting!

  2. #32
    Aug 2013
    Finger Lakes Region Of NY
    Minelab Etrac, Minelab Profind
    811 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
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  3. #33
    Jan 2012
    Rhode Island
    2861 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    Finger lakes are included in the ontario region of the "great lakes copper culture". You are right that it is probably the south eastern edge of that area where this stuff is more commonly found.
    Right you are...


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  4. #34
    I Cut My Way Through

    Apr 2015
    XP Deus
    1041 times
    New England Cellar Dweller
    Banner Finds (2)
    Wow, fantastic piece of North American history!

  5. #35
    Jan 2012
    Rhode Island
    2861 times
    Relic Hunting
    Good reference site:


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  6. #36

    Apr 2008
    Tesoro Tiger Shark
    192 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    Yes! This thing deserves a place in a museum to be appreciated by many. Such a great piece of history.
    In all likelihood once it is donated to a museum it will never see the light of day again. It will end up in a drawer or a box on a shelf in a back room.

  7. #37
    Jun 2013
    East Tennessee
    6097 times
    Awesome piece of history and sorry I missed it until now! I really don't hunt for Native American Artifacts anymore due to some bad karma (bad juju) I had from a carved Bear Tooth quite a few years ago but I might have to start looking at the forum posts. Also, congrats on the well deserved Banner!
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  8. #38
    I collect Artifacts and Vintage Collectibles and Rocks.

    Aug 2012
    Coin Finder
    8425 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    If you decide to donate it to a museum at least try to get a value of it for a write off on your taxes. Killer find
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    Personal finds were on private property which I have permission to hunt.
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  9. #39
    Charter Member
    Jun 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    3193 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Congratulations on making the Banner! One nice find for sure.
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  10. #40

    Nov 2017
    Cayuga County NY
    137 times
    Relic Hunting
    Where would most interested people be able to view this beauty? In a museum storage room? How about in a frame on your bookshelf?

  11. #41
    metal detecting while hunting native american artifacts. Getting two birds stoned at once.

    Mar 2015
    Cayuga county, New York
    Fisher F70, garrett pinpointer
    810 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by OntarioArch View Post
    Captain R.....if WE ever find one, YOU will be the first to know!
    If you find one, I just want to touch it before it goes to the museum!
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  12. #42
    Jun 2011
    White's XLT
    4444 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    3000 to 5000 year old artifact.... heck yeah, that's incredible

  13. #43
    Dec 2010
    Garrett ATX550
    61 times
    Metal Detecting
    I'm in awe!
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  14. #44
    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

    Feb 2013
    New England, Somewhere Metal Detecting in the Woods
    Teknetics T2 SE (DST) Spare Teknetics T2 SE (backup) 15" T2 coil Pro-Pointer Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202 Fisher F2 Fisher F-Point
    5624 times
    Coins and Relics
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    That's insane! Such a rare find, even better than finding a big gold coin! I don't recommend donating it, as it will likely not be put on display, but I do recommend putting it on loan if you really want other people to see it, but still want it to belong to you. Incredible to see something thousands of years old dug with a metal detector in the US! Again, what an amazing find, happy to see it on the top!!
    2014-2017 Finds
    1700s Sundial
    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
    1723 irish penny
    1730 KG coin toy
    2x AU 1803 LC
    1722 1/2 Penny
    1779, 1781 Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
    1805,1838 LC
    26 Coppers 17 colonial
    175 1720-1850 buttons
    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
    Cleaning Finds:

  15. #45
    Oct 2010
    Teknetics T2SE
    3298 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Hell no to the donatin'!


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