The Head Hunters Are Back

By: Josh Sheldon

The head hunters are back

My friends and I have been out head hunting again. We enjoy looking for heads that were once placed on a stick. No worries folks, arrow and spear heads are the focus of our obsession.

Although some tribes of Native Americans were into human sacrifice, most were accustomed to a more gentle life. When it came to animals, they were hunted down using hand-made weapons. The tools of the trade can still be found to this day. The stone implements of survival can be recovered readily by the patient and keen-eyed. There are a few things to know that will increase your odds of finding ancient artifacts. Being able to catalog where they were found and the age of the tool is part of the pastime for most. Regardless of age, there is something truly amazing about picking up a point made thousands of years ago.

My adventures in artifact hunting were kindled many years ago. I had a teacher in school when I lived in Virginia that collected, and I caught the bug from him. Upon moving to New York, my interest was further kindled by Ted Whitney at the Rexford Street Museum. Seeing tools of the past took me to another place in time and allowed the imagination to wander. As a child, to present day, I still wonder after finding every arrow head. Who made it and how was it used? Some of the artifacts tell their story if you know what to look for. Of the many ways to find tools of the past, I prefer surface hunting. It is less harmful to the archaeological study of ancient people, and can help bring about new information.


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