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    Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    I was hunting an 200 year old house today and my detector was picking up some metal and while digging around 6-8" down I saw this white quartz arrowhead along with some square nails come out of the dirt. I wonder if the arrowhead was there before the house was built or used by Indians visiting the owners? It was found between their parking lot and the house.

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    nice bonus!

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Wow! That's a real beauty!
    Aren't quartz arrowheads pretty rare?
    I would think that being made of quartz they wouldn't be very durable?

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Yes,they are rare,and usually affiliated with ceremonial purposes,burials etc.They are also a bear to knap!!!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    I was told by a collector that quartz arrowheads were used for warfare because they would retain dirt in them and the enemy would die from infection.

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Quote Originally Posted by n3tuf
    I was told by a collector that quartz arrowheads were used for warfare because they would retain dirt in them and the enemy would die from infection.
    Nonsense, some people just make up thier own "facts".

    Quartz, is used because it is easy to knap and it's plentiful. Quartz arrowheads are very common.
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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Nice Find
    Still looking for my first Point
    No pix of the nails?
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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Quartz is predominate in the southeast because it is abundant. I grew up in the west and flint is predominate, you will have a hard time finding one or the other out of the area they are in. So the Indians used what was available. Some had an artistic flair though as I have found arrowheads made of moss agate and obsidian, they appreciated the beauty of the stone.
    I have found,, in my own opinion, that the very things that old homesteaders looked for were what ancient Indians looked for, and If a site is old I may find old coins and old arrowheads. SSOO cool, nice finds
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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Quote Originally Posted by Willoughby
    Quote Originally Posted by n3tuf
    I was told by a collector that quartz arrowheads were used for warfare because they would retain dirt in them and the enemy would die from infection.
    Nonsense, some people just make up thier own "facts".

    Quartz, is used because it is easy to knap and it's plentiful. Quartz arrowheads are very common.

    I wholeheartedly disagree with both of you.I have been collecting arrowheads for over 35 years,have been knapping them for over 20,and live on the Mother lode so Quartz is plentiful here,and will tell you from experience it is one of the hardest stones there is to chip,and at least out here they are extremely RARE,show me a bunch if they are so common!!
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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    There must be more points in that area.
    Just moved to Birmingham from Los Angeles. Arrived here Sept. 2010.

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Thank you Kuger!! I didn't want to say it.

    I've found many points in California, flint, obsidian, even jasper and opal, but with the abundence of quartz here, I've never seen a quartz arrowhead. Quartz is #9 on the mohs scale. I've tried shaping it, but due to its inconsistant grain, I've found it impossible for me to do. Of course, there are knappers who are much better than I am. So, I'm not saying it can't be done, it's just not likely it has been done on a large scale.

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    You bet Eagle,fact is fact.....and as seen above some DO make up there own fantasies and try and pass them for truth.I have been around a while

    Also out of the several THOUSAND arrowheads I have(many generations of "pickers",I do have a handful,and have worked with tribes on archi digs on burial grounds and that is the only place they regularly show.One such dig produced a 9 inch quartz spear blade that was pointed on both ends,one of the most magnificent pieces I have ever seen,and it was reburied with the rest of the items rightfully so.

    I also have read miners journal accounts of the Indians tossing quartz arrowheads(the only ones they had ever seen!!) into the fires(the Indians here often burned there deceased)
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    awsome double score It would have made my day HH

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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    I do not knapp, I am happy to see that some still do, quartz may be rare in Cali, not on the east coast.
    So how many is a bunch?, By my estimations I have a bunch, they are everywhere, finding them here has more to do with not being able to see the ground. And, I am sure you will agree, training yourself to see them.
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    Re: Found this quartz arrowhead while digging a target

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave44
    I do not knapp, I am happy to see that some still do, quartz may be rare in Cali, not on the east coast.
    So how many is a bunch?, By my estimations I have a bunch, they are everywhere, finding them here has more to do with not being able to see the ground. And, I am sure you will agree, training yourself to see them.
    I dont think I was clear,therefore you didnt understand,quartz is not rare here.I live on the Mother Lode Vein Gold country California,I do not know of any other parts of the U.S. that has quartz like we do here.Show me ten!then go get a piece of quartz and a deer antler and try to chip it into even the shape of an arrowhead....tell me how EASY it is!
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





 

 
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