About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Most people who have found a beautiful arrowhead would agree that the excitement brought on by the discovery is the main reason they search for artifacts. Let’s face it, finding any nice stone artifact can be a fun and very exciting experience, especially for those of us who respect history and how our ancestors lived years ago. For example, I have a tremendous respect for any stone age culture that survived because of the ability to create tools—mainly tools chipped from stone, which was the most obvious natural material they had to work with. It is true that many tools were made of wood, bone and other ‘perishable’ materials, but these materials gradually disintegrate on the surface of the ground and have long since disappeared, leaving only stone artifacts remaining to be found. Occasionally, bone or wood artifacts will show up in caves and other protected surface areas, but it is mainly the stone artifacts that withstand the elements and are not destroyed over time.
Table of ContentsTABLE OF CONTENTS List of Illustrations Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1 Amateur Archaeologists’ Code of Ethics Chapter 2 Antiquity Laws—Is Your Activity Legal? Chapter 3 Why Look for Artifacts? Chapter 4 The “Flint” Materials Chapter 5 How Artifacts Were Made Chapter 6 Arrowhead, Spearpoint, or Knife? Chapter 7 Stone Artifacts Chapter 8 Where Artifacts Are Found Chapter 9 How to Hunt Artifacts Chapter 10 Modern-Day Flintknapping Chapter 11 Documentation and Preservation Chapter 12 Organizations and Activities Glossary Recommended Reading Bibliography Meet the Author Index