How to Search for Arrowheads in Oklahoma

by Dan Harkins, Demand Media
    This is one of dozens of shapes that arrowheads were made in.

    This is one of dozens of shapes that arrowheads were made in.

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    Native American arrowheads come in dozens of varieties, depending on the tribe that made them and when they were made. In Oklahoma, arrowheads have been found in at least a few dozen varieties, from straight or curved triangular shapes to those with notched bottoms of various configurations. If you want to find some of these ancient relics, don't just start looking. Study up and explore where you're most likely to find them.

    Step 1

    Study the different shapes of arrowheads that have been found throughout Oklahoma. In the Resources, there is an illustrated guide to all the different shapes and origins of arrowheads, by geographical region.

    Step 2

    Inquire with members of the state's main archeological organization, the Archeological Society of Oklahoma, about the choicest areas near you where arrowheads have been found. You may be able to obtain a list of sites where your search will be most fruitful.

    Step 3

    Ask an area librarian for local archeological records or information about former Native American homesteads in your region. Nothing will help more than looking for arrowheads where most of them were made and used.

    Step 4

    Look for areas in your region where recent road or home construction has overturned soil, or where creek beds have dried up, revealing rocks and debris from centuries past.

    Step 5

    Pore over areas of higher ground after heavy rainfall. This could reveal new arrowheads after the rain has washed away soil. The rain also could make the soil a darker hue than the arrowheads, which are usually the same color as the soil when completely dry.

    Step 6

    Examine the earth deliberately. What looks like a rock could be an arrowhead that's been slightly eroded due to the elements.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Become an amateur geologist to learn how erosion works to expose old layers of earth where arrowheads may have been entombed until just recently.

    About the Author

    Dan Harkins has been a full-time journalist since 1997. Prior to working in the alternative press, he served as a staff writer and editor for daily publications such as the "St. Petersburg Times" and "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram." Harkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Florida.

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