Last weeks finds
Had a little time to hunt, found a pretty nice side notched and some brokes. The slate piece has me scratching my head, its pretty big, not from the area and looks like it was ground and formed. The craziest thing I found was the 1839 penny, plus a broken ceramic pipe bowl. I know the pipe isnt very old but finding the penny in the middle of nowhere was pretty cool!
08-19-2012 01:53 PM
Cool stuff. The slate piece is odd.
PhD in Arrowheadology
nice find on that large cent
Your penny is SWEET. I have found a few coins usually around an old barn or house.
Found a $20 one day but I never found one in such great condition as yours.
Nice finds. You better look that penny up it could really be a find.
Good job. It must have been the weekend for quartz here in PA. Found a couple I'll be posting. I have a theory about your finds: The pipe bowl, penny and slate were likely part of a homestead (like RockBuster suggested). On this side of the state, the plateaus that were appealing to the natives were equally appealing to homesteaders post-contact. I have some areas that are littered with slate from the roofs. Did you find any brick fragments?
Looks like you and Eric have PA boxed in quite well.
I can speak for the center a bit but more so for the Jersey side of the Delaware River.
I have found Dutch and English long stemmed pipes along with beautiful high collared Muncy pottery (a late woodland type) and Madison triangles.
My daughter found a glass Italian trade bead amongst piles of chert flakes on our very first hunt.
I have also found a few flints from overseas that would fit a flintlock gun.
The aboriginals lived in association with the settlers for close to 150 years in these parts.
From the early 1600's till Revolutionary times.
I might venture a guess on the large piece in the last photo of Eric's post.
I think it is purple argillite. Tons of the stuff exposed along the banks of the Delaware Rivers near
Frenchtown NJ. Used heavily in the Fox Creek tradition
Eric- A good read for your area might be the Abbott Farm site.
the best-- buster
I have the Abbott farm site in my favorites, that more in hutches area. Could be an old homestead, thats the only piece of slate like that I found, its tapered on three sides and seems to be ground thats why I posted it. Hard to say,, I have found other pieces of a pipe and a clay marble last year in a site not far from where I found these things. The farmers amish helper this year found a cannon round this summer, and a nice red jasper spear point. Never know what your going to find around here, I find alot more abo relics than early american, but then again I really havnt been at it that long. Thanks for the help and info, good luck on your days out ...Eric
Originally Posted by rockbuster