|We live in the Panhandle of FL and totally by acquaintance were
introduced to surface hunting of artifacts. We've hunted about 2.5
to 3 years in predominately the same area. This area, with my very
limited knowledge, seems to be significant because of the number of artifacts
that we find. Although not extremely close to the Aucillia river,
it can be considered roughly in the same vicinity give or take a 10 to
20 minute ride. Prior to 3 yrs ago, I had no idea that these pieces
of history could be as prevalent as they seem to be.
Our artifacts were found on private property: A large tract that
is utilized for hunting by a club. As well, nothing we found has
been taken illegally nor is anything for sale. The history that we
hold in our hands (on a good day) is worth far more than money to
us: Many of them are pieces of art. I have a greater respect for
the past peoples of this area and have found myself doing much to learn
and increase my knowledge about them.
Surface-hunting artifacts has become so intriguing my wife and I
have begun looking in other areas which have turned up several interesting
tools, bottoms and a whole Wacissa. Just recently we have explored
the farm land of a family friend in Alabama which turned up a Bollen Beveled
and two pieces that seem to be part of the same artifact. I would
like to think it might be a Simpson or Osceola Greenbriar, but am not sure.
Debbie & Terry
Debbie and Terry are just beginning their careers as collectors
and have sent in some pics that are decidedly not artifacts, but are reduction
chips... I decided to post them here as well, so that you can see the variety
of materials they find, and so that you too, can study these chips. They
are both eager to learn more--- so, if you live in Florida, and have any
comments on their finds, email them!