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    Junior Relic Hunter
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    Training the eye or how not to collect rocks

    Totally new at this and realize I am probably collecting a fine looking bunch of rocks. (So I like rocks.) One of the rocks I am pretty sure is an artifact...the rest I strongly suspect are rocks (but I like them and they did not cost anything to collect, plus it is a good way to be out in nature.) Thanks in advance. I will try to get a better idea of what to look for by continuing to red this forum. (

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    I figure it will take a blink of the eye for the experience hunters to evaluate.

    (The large group of smaller objects I found all in one place in stream bank.)
    (Two pictures are of the same quartz type group==just to show flatness of two pieces (one of which was found in pasture and other (its cousin) in nearby stream.)
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    Welcome to the forum,, yes those are natural rocks,,,

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    Thank you--I have lots of reading to do!

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    Welcome Jackie123
    Although you can find Indian Artifacts Just about anywhere. I “up my chances by looking in areas where I Find “Worked Flint/Chert. When the Abos reduced Flint it produced spalls and debutage that can be found in abundance. Once you can differentiate between “Worked Flint and Glacial Cracked Flint you will be well on your way to finding artifacts and arrowheads
    Happy Hunting 😉
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    Check out this post started by Scotto. Very informative for new collectors.

    http://http://www.arrowheadology.com...lp-thread.html
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    If you are going to try and train yourself it will be a tough road I would look to see if any artifact shows are coming close to your area and then go visit one. Talk to the collectors that are local and try to invite yourself on a look with one or 2 of them and watch and learn when you get to go. Thats what I did after trying to train myself for about 2 years. Books are good but there is nothing like getting out in the elements.
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    Jackie,
    Welcome. Yes you have a lot of reading. You are brave......posting your finds is a big step. Plus I get the feeling you like tools. You will find many tools and few points or even parts of points.
    One thing that will benefit you, if you feel comfortable giving your location, even your state. Linking to others in your general area will give you more people that can help you. Also check on local or area museums. Most hold collections that can be viewed. Seeing actual tools will be a great help. You will do well.
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