Can you find arrowheads in New Jersey?
The bay beaches of Cape May, New Jersey are home to countless treasures. Not only can you find sea glass, shells, sharks’ teeth, and beautiful quartz stones known as Cape May Diamonds, but the area is also known to have arrowheads. You can find them in the sand near Sunset and Higbee Beaches.
Can I keep an arrowhead I found?
All artifacts found on public lands are protected by state and federal laws*. It is illegal and unethical to collect artifacts on public lands. Artifacts include anything made or used by humans including arrowheads and flakes, pottery, basketry, rock art, bottles, coins, metal pieces, and even old cans.
Where can you find the most arrowheads?
Lakes, ponds, shallow creeks, and rivers that offered clean, pure water are a great place to find arrowheads. Spring-fed lakes, ponds, and rivers had a consistent flow and never stagnated.
Where can I find Native American artifacts in NJ?
Found in the Woodruff Museum of Indian Artifacts, located in the lower level of the Bridgeton Free Public Library at 150 E. Commerce Street in Bridgeton, NJ, are some 30,000 pieces on Native American relics creatively laid out in display cases.
How deep are arrowheads in the ground?
There will usually be a foot or two worth of soft ground followed by harder ground if you dig. Any artifacts are quite likely buried in the softer ground. Water might bury an artifact under softer ground over time, but an arrowhead is not likely to end up under the harder ground.
What should I look for when hunting arrowheads?
Tillage can expose plenty of artifacts buried beneath the surface, and serious rock hunters key in on turned dirt. Finding a spot with flint chips (percussion flakes) means there were once native inhabitants nearby, and searching these areas after field work or a good rain can turn up arrowheads.
How do you tell if it’s an arrowhead?
Examine the surface of the arrowhead. Authentic arrowheads feature flake scars where pieces of the rock were hit away. These scars are normally curved; however, if the arrowhead is very old, these scars may be smoothed over. If this is the case, examine the surface of the arrowhead with a magnifying glass.
How rare is it to find an arrowhead?
Since arrowheads were made all over North America for thousands of years, they are relatively easy to find. Since they are so common, you won’t be able to sell a typical arrowhead for much. However, some arrowheads are worth much more than others.