The Anderson Family has owned land for generations, so it’s no surprise why their collection of arrowheads keeps growing.
But, most of those artifacts we found by chance.
“Just happened to hit an arrowhead and it came flying up there and when it landed I see it. So I was pretty excited about finding my first arrowhead,” said Wayne Anderson, a farmer at Anderson Farm.
Experts say the best time to look for artifacts is in the spring.
“After plowing, that’s the ideal time to do it, because the ground has churned up these buried materials and brought to the surface, and they will walk through and almost always find at least one or two arrowheads,” Anderson said.
It’s that simple to get your hands on a piece of history, all you need is a pair of shoes. But, most people don’t realize how old these items are.
“Most people don’t really realize that when you say Indian arrowhead you [think] of modern-day Indians and arrowheads, only from like a couple hundred years ago. But these date back to prehistoric times, 10-12,000 B.C.,” Anderson said.
Sometimes you don’t even have to graze a field to find them.
“One time I had a woman bring to me, her husband was right here in Boardman, she brought three huge spear points that were in her backyard. He just started to dig the ground to put a barbeque pit in and found them,” said Rocky Falleti, president of the Mahoning Valley Archaeological Society.
These findings are more common than you think.
“Sometime in the last 15,000 years, somebody, a person, shot at a rabbit in your front yard. So, there’s probably an arrowhead in your front yard,” Falleti said.
There is still so much that has yet to be discovered, from arrowheads to entire towns.