Indain camps are not placed randomly in a landscape. There are reasons for their placement. I've spent years studying historical accounts of Indians, and this has given me many insights into camp placement and what types of artifacts I am likely to find in a particular camp. There are long-term occupations where people lived year round, short term hunting camps, overnight camps spaced along a trail for travel, and gigantic camps where many tribes met once a year for trade and socializing. Each one of these camps will produce a particular range of artifacts that help identify the type of camp.
Some campsites were so advantageous that they were occupied continuously for 10,000 years!!! The majority of Indian camps will have periods of occupation and periods of abandonment, sometimes lasting several thousand years in between. These sites are called multi-component sites- they have more than one period of occupation on the same spot.
Most rare of all is a type site, which is a camp that produces only ONE shape and age of projectile point. These camps are very important because much can be learned about an isolated culture group. In the much more common multi-component site, the artifacts from different components get mixed together and can't be attributed to a particular group.
I often get questions asking for hunting advice. Why can't I just drop the knowledge on you in a quick email? There are about 50,000 words in my book, and that's just barely covers this subject..
You won't find locations of Indian camps listed on this site- or in my book. What you will find in my book is an explanation of WHY Indian camps are placed in particular locations. Understanding what advantages the locations of camps provide is the key to finding lots of Indian camps in ANY landscape. You can figure it out on your own if you have a couple years of free weekends, or you can save a lot of time and money by reading my book......
I used to think I had to drive hundreds of miles and go to exotic faraway places to find real adventure. Turns out I was wrong. Adventure is where you find it. The most important thing is to get up off the couch and go looking for it.
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ABOVE: Single days hunt one hot day in July 2010. Kayaked 5 miles. The white archaic corner notch is a G-10! It was REALLY hot that day, and I spent most of my time snorkeling the deeper pools to stay cool. The G-10 was in sand right at the waterline-it is PERFECT and must have JUST fallen out of the cut bank. Three hours after I found this point, the water level came up and this point would have been damaged and destroyed as it was washed downstream. GOOD SAVE!
It took me years to figure out how to find Indian artifacts consistently year round. When I began hunting arrowheads, I bought some arrowhead books. Most Indian artifact books are picture books of arrowheads, and offer little substantive information. There are some good textbooks on lithics and archaeology, but not much on arrowhead hunting. I bought an arrowhead hunting booklet published in 1985 that said "wander around the woods and look for flint chips." Thank you for such good, in-depth advice, Captain Obvious.
Most internet advice for finding arrowheads is not very good, not very detailed, and sometimes completely inaccurate. One website said to "Look for large trees, because they are old and were around when the Indians lived there. Check around the roots of these old trees for artifacts." That advice will get you nowhere fast. Another website says arrowheads "might be found in any field or stream." WOW. That's narrowing it down for you!
The author, on trolls bridge creek, in deep woods.
ARROWHEAD ADVENTURES BOOK
258 pages---73 color photos---50,000 words
14 Surface Hunting Methods
Salvage Archaeology - Ethical Digging
14 Chapters, Including:
Locating Indian Camps
How to Schedule Arrowhead Hunting
Successful Mindset and Winning Strategy
Arrowheads as a Commodity
Arrowheads and the Law
Kayaks, Canoes, and Powerboats
Archaeology and Ethics
When There is No Rain
Indian Artifact Hunting Safety Considerations
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