My family and I were recently able to take the time to pay a visit to the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center.  We took a few snapshots so that I could share with you what to expect.  Even though it is a smaller museum, compared to Cahokia, the replica displays were enough to set the Native American mood for the entire family.  My kids enjoyed making flour with the mano stones.  I also bought a couple of t-shirts to support the facility.  I hope you enjoy the pics.  If you are ever passing through the Ouachita Mountains in Oklahoma, be sure and make a jog over to Spiro.

 

sign

mounds

copper pendant

points

 

 

8th Annual 2014 Springfield Indian Artifact Show Springfield Mo

Affiliation: Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society

Date: May 9 - 10, 2014

Show Hours:

Friday 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 8am to 4pm

Admissions

Saturday Admission: $4 adults
Children under 12 free

Location

Remington's Event Center 1655 W Republic Rd Springfield, Mo 65807

 

Contact Information

Stephen Burks 417-619-3269
Richard Eady 417-533-4268
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Many of these artifacts are from the Early Inhabitants of North America that arrived perhaps thousands of years ago either from the Bering Strait, or as some have theorized from the South American hemisphere, maybe even by primitive rafts or ships.  How many thousands?  I am researching that. In the meantime though, there are multitudes of ancient sites that have been examined, looted, protected and destroyed by modern man, and yet, there are a multitude of sites that are still undiscovered.  You simply need to get a map, do some research, and put "miles on your dogs." As always, you need to make sure you are following the rules and adhering to state and federal regulations specific to you in regard to surface hunting for these pieces of history. If you run into anything significant while surface hunting, please contact your local archaeological society, thank you....I. Neal, Collector/Site Admin



The fall season can actually hinder your hunt, notice how the banding on this Jakie Stemmed artifact blends in with the surrounding fall leaves.
Below is a nice Dickson type point, white Burlington chert stands out well in the grayish-black silt and deposited gravel.



Again, these are not staged photos, this is the real deal! Encourage a young person to get involved and spend some quality time out in the field or river by educating them of our rich and vast history.



Below is a nice Graham Cave type point laying there waiting in a dry gravel bed.  Furthermore, this was about the only thing I have ever found in this runoff, sometimes you will find a stray here and there, which can make for an exciting trip.




 

"When I began a few years ago surface-searching for artifacts, I was skeptical at first.  I figured, with all the modern technology, and professional archaeologists out there, not much was left for the hobbyist.  Fortunately, I was wrong....  About several things.  Initially, when I thought about arrowheads etc.., I pictured spearheads the Indians used in those John Wayne movies I grew up watching with my grandparents.  However, these artifacts are mostly from the Early Inhabitants of North America that arrived thousands of years ago either from the Bering Strait, or from the South American hemisphere.  How many thousands?  I am researching that. In the meantime though, there are multitudes of ancient sites that have been examined, looted, protected and destroyed by modern man, and yet, there are a multitude of sites that are still undiscovered.  You simply need to get a map, do some research, and put "miles on your dogs." As always, with any type of "Outdoor Objective," you need to make sure you are playing by the rules and adhering to regulations specific to your hunting zone."  I. Neal, Collector/Hunter/SiteAdmin

 

 

 

 
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