Interesting Find

Discussion in 'Discussion Group' started by DWK, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    So a few days ago I was digging in my garden, which is mostly sand underneath the topsoil, and my shovel hit something about a foot and a half down. After bringing it up with my shovel, it looked to be some sort of stone knife, although the very end tip is missing. It fits perfectly in my hand, so I tested it to open some bags of soil conditioner, and the darn thing cut very well! The stone blade looks worked and isn’t like any other rocks I’ve ever seen around here. I also found a roundish, small cutter in the same location, made from the same stone as the blade that also fits perfectly in my hand. Just curious if anybody else out there has run into these kinds of things while digging?
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  2. Wayne Stollings

    Wayne Stollings Well-Known Member

    Back about 1970 my cousin found a stone tomahawk in a cave in some cliffs. He sold it to a tourist from New York for $25.00 which was a bit of money for that time and place.

    When my grandfather died someone stole his collection of finding from the fields he plowed over the years. Three big coffee cans full of arrow heads (originally a native hunting ground near the cliffs mentioned above) and bullets through the Civil War era (near the site of a civil war battle) taken from the three fields he plowed on his farm.
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  3. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    That is just a shame about your grandfather’s artifacts. From what I’ve read this afternoon, there have been thousands of these stone tools found in the Piedmont area throughout the years, and mine match the same kind of tools that I saw online. I think the most ironic thing about finding these tools, is the fact that I was preparing the ground in order to plant an ancient variety of Tuscarora corn that was once grown here by the Tuscarorans who inhabited this area for thousands of years. So, it was an unusual bit of a coincidence that I found the stone tools exactly where I’m planning to plant that ancient, native variety of corn in the spring!
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  4. poppin cork

    poppin cork Well-Known Member

    Yes, arrowheads and artifacts from native Americans are quiet common around Swift and Middle creek and branches in between in the area. I have right many I've collected over the years.
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  5. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I am within walking distance to Middle Creek, so that would explain it.
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  6. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    Area was likely originally Catawba land.

    Cool site that strips away modern map elements and lets you see what is was like before Europeans arrived.
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  7. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Thanks, nice map. I’ve read conflicting information about exactly which tribe occupied these parts as the historical, tribal boundaries are not clear, and oftentimes overlap with other tribes. I’m still planting the Tuscaroran corn because the seed supposedly comes from the ancient strain that was native here, so it is likely that the Catawbas also grew the same, if not very similar corn. Should be interesting to see how it grows, that is, if I don’t manage to kill it first!
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  8. High Plains Drifter

    High Plains Drifter Well-Known Member

    Can you post a pic?
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  9. DWK

    DWK Well-Known Member

    Sure. First I’d like to get with somebody who knows about these things so they can look at it to confirm what they are. I hear UNC Chapel Hill is the place to go for local artifact identification.
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