Mushrooms aren’t the only things I found on my hikes.
It doesn’t appear to be colonial-time Native American stuff I’m finding. You can guess by the types of arrowheads you find.
But it’s strange to walk out your door and just a short drive away is the stone age living right next to you.
Here’s a fun word: Atlatl. You know the plastic arms you use to launch tennis balls for your dog?
Early Native American’s had those, but for spears. 😀 This was before the bow and arrow. Most arrowheads you find will have been made for atlatl darts and spears instead of arrows.
So I’ve looked things up about what the stone tools were and how they were used. Experts (joking):
“It’s a dingelhopper. They leaned them against walls like this and then the shadow would tell what time it is.”
Some of the stone tools are obvious like scrapers, knives, spear heads, hatchets. Others, like nut stones, everyone argues about how they were used.
This is a quartz knife or scraper for scraping deer hides. This is my favorite piece because it’s been knapped and sharpened around the edges just like the arrowheads. Also, it’s shiny.
I have no idea. It looks like some kind of hammerhead or something that you might clonk pesky neighboring tribes with.
I take issue with this piece. You might be saying, “Duh, Monroe, it’s a spearhead.” But, the arrowheads I’ve found look like more viable spearheads than this. This is softer stone and carries a sharp edge for less time. Sure, they used hatchets and things made out of this to hack wood. But, if someone handed me this clunky thing and said, “Go hunt a deer with it”, I’d be thinking, What, do you want me to walk up and hit it over the head with it. Maybe, they embedded it in a club or something and used it as a human weapon.
Grinder on the left. If anyone figures out what this big triangle was for, let me know. (It might just be a rock)
These are so cool.
This was either used to grind and sharpen stone tools against or it would have been used for straightening arrow/spear shafts after they dry. You had to heat them over a fire and bend them back into a straight shape using rocks with grooves or other tools to help. Arrow Straightener (skip to 9:03)
Look at the bottom half of this hatchet-looking thing. It’s just a trick of the light, but it looks like a Native American face with the eye, nose and mouth.
Might this be a Native American thong tree used to mark a trail or point to a water spring? The trees might be too young for it to be the case.
Oddly enough, it really is pointing towards the spring.