You may have read in some of my other posts that this year I'll be introducing my grandson's to hunting. In preparation we've been spending a lot of time on my ranch... teaching the lay of the land, tracks, how to be "QUIET",
But about 3 weeks ago I got a bit sidetracked... no big deal, hunting isn't until August anyway. We have always known that Native Americans lived, or at least visited, our ranch. No one actually knows much about them as my ranch lies in an area that is the least researched for historical artifacts in all of the USA; but artifacts there are, and many.
Telling my grandson's about a location where the previous owner had found some arrowheads I realized I knew little, and after that trip to my ranch I made contact with a state archaeologist who then accompanied me to my ranch - teaching me what to look for. We weren't on my ranch more than 15 minutes til we began finding history.
SINCE then, my family and I have been going to the ranch with 'archaeology' as our primary intent. We've been VERY successful. I read about other people who find areas with so many artifacts that you can't take a step without stepping on an arrowhead, or a pestle. Not so on my ranch, it was 'sparsely' inhabitated and today requires a lot of searching, and many trips you will come up empty-handed.
But Saturday past we hit the 'mother lode', if you will. We found a 'mortar rock'... 7 perfect mortars which indicate somewhat of a major village for our area. Perhaps a permanent encampment, perhaps seasonal, but obviously often used. Not long after my grandsons located a washout in the sandstone in which we found 'flakes', remnants from quartz, or obsedian, made when the Native American made their arrowheads, knives, spearheads, etc. No arrowheads, but we're hoping it's just a matter of time.
BTW... I have found many artifacts right here where I live... mortar bowls, arrowheads... but finding them with my family, my grandkids, made it SO much better. :)
No, we don't pillage. Everthing we find we leave, except for a few 'flakes'. Also, my grandson's have taken a few pestles to show at school but we retuned them to their original location.
Our excitement is through the roof. Making a discovery and knowing your are the first one to see it in perhaps 2500 years is something you have to experience to understand.
Now I'll try to add a couple of photographs... not sure I'll be successful but if I am they will show the mortar rock my daughter found, and my daughter pointing toward her find. Also, my 2nd oldest grandson in front of the sandstone washout where we found the flakes. - JamesJM