Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Creek hunting... surface or digging?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Creek hunting... surface or digging?

    I’ve walked creeks around mid-eastern Missouri, especially Jackson Co . I have always surfaced hunted and found artifacts from paleo to Mississippian times. My question is: does anyone have better luck digging in creeks rather than surface hunting? Thanks for your time!
    Jackson County, Mo

  • #2
    Answers are going to vary on that question. Personally I've found a few artifacts in creeks but have way better luck in fields and digging. That's just me though.
    🐜 🎤 Columbus, Georgia

    Comment


    • #3
      No help, I’m a Land Rover...
      Lubbock County Tx

      Comment


      • #4
        I hunted creeks all my life and only recently have started finding a few pieces (as a learn more about finding higher odds locations and how to better systemically search when on the creek). I have only sifted a couple of times and no luck. I’m sure my lack of productivity is from my inexperience more than anything. I have however started walking fields this year. I LOVE it. So much less margin for error. Someone once said arrow head hunting in a field consists of finding rocks in a sea of dirt. Hunting creeks is finding specific types of rocks in a sea of rocks. I always wonder how many I’ve missed in the creek!
        Hunting in Central Ohio

        Comment


        • #5
          Man you can find some gravel bars in some locations on some creeks/rivers that will astound you. IF it's legal. Not legal to collect artifact in "State" lands/waters anymore in FL after the abolishment of the Isolated Finds Program Click image for larger version

Name:	24_20.jpg
Views:	130
Size:	163.5 KB
ID:	487042 Click image for larger version

Name:	28_24.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	74.1 KB
ID:	487043 Click image for larger version

Name:	27_23.jpg
Views:	129
Size:	147.5 KB
ID:	487044
          Professor Shellman
          Tampa Bay

          Comment


          • #6
            Hi Eastern, I have hunted river/ creek banks and Beaches many years. I very rarely do any digging. I know you don't have to dig to find Artifacts. I can't tell anyone how to find relics. All I can say is that I have seen several spots where unscruplious collectors have destroyed sites for their own profit. On one island site we measured one trench that was 75 feet long! with holes everywhere. I met the guy that was destroying the site. As it turned out he sold his entire collection and made BIG money. Once I hunted in the water on a beach site and found over 75 Artifacts! If you put in the time, you will find surface Artifacts. You really don't have to dig. Now on the other hand those who do dig, and take note and catalog all there finds they do, do a service. I try to record all my sites with the State Archaeological lab, so my research is not lost when I die. Very important. Kim
            Snyder County Pennsylvania

            Comment


            • Volfannumber1986
              Volfannumber1986 commented
              Editing a comment
              I try to document every single artifacts that I find also, I haven't saw many collectors ever mention this. I also think it is incredibly important.

          • #7
            I thank everyone for their responses! I definitely don’t care to mess up any landscape! I do appreciate it!
            Jackson County, Mo

            Comment


            • #8
              Personally I love creeks...one good wash from a storm resets the puzzle... I have recently hunted fields and found quantity...but the creeks I hunt produce quality points!
              North Carolina

              Comment


              • Eastern
                Eastern commented
                Editing a comment
                I have never hunted fields yet. I do know I find an absolute ton of stuff in the creek I hunt but most are beaten up.

            • #9
              I have “artifact back” from just walking and looking down.
              If I had to dig I think I would install a wood stove and buy a chainsaw and call that my hobby.
              N.E Colorado, Nebraska panhandle

              Comment


              • #10
                Every time I've tried digging creeks, I'm reminded how much work it is. Ugh. Walking, wherever, is just more relaxing for me. But... to each his own.

                Comment


                • #11
                  I need to try it. If find so much debitage, flake knives and beat up stuff on every single rock bar that it is probably insane that I haven't tried it.
                  Jackson County, Mo

                  Comment


                  • #12
                    Depends on what season it is, spring, early summer I'm in the fields, come fall and winter it's a mix of digging, field walking and creek hunting until it snows. I've never dug in a creek but have had success sifting sandbars...best finds have come digging on sites. As Tom mentioned pay close attention to the laws.
                    Near the PA/Ohio state line

                    Comment


                    • #13
                      I have found plenty of artifacts in creeks but the quality of them are better are if you have a really good spot to dig. However finding a really good spot to dig is really difficult in itself.
                      Anderson County, Tennessee

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X