Selling Indian Artifacts

My father, Joseph McLean, died a few years ago and I was left his collection of arrowheads and bowls. I can only give you the information I have that relates to this collection. My father was 84 when he died and he told me that he picked up his first arrowhead before he was ten. That would mean he spent nearly 75 years collecting. He grew up in the northeast part of the state of Louisiana and I can say that there was not a road or path he did not know in that area. He worked for the postal service and he drove around 150 miles a day delivering mail in the rural area. He would take his lunch and eat as he walked around the many fields of the area. He knew every farmer, planter and land owner in this part of the state as well as many in western Mississippi and southern Arkansas. Even when he was not working, he would travel around looking for arrowheads. He had an uncanny ability to see a arrowhead in a plowed field as we would drive by. More than once when I was with him in his truck, he would slam on the brakes and back up, walk out into a field and pick up an arrowhead.  His agreement with land owners was that he could look and pick up surface material but could not dig. After a field had been plowed-- even better after a rain he would head out to the fields to look. He also paid tractor drivers to pick up arrowheads as they worked in the fields.

If I understand the law it states that as long as you look on the surface on private land (with permission) that the finds are legal. In fact he owned land on Bayou Barthomew in Morehouse Parish and there was a large Indian mound within feet of his land and he never even asked to dig. He said that mounds were for college people to work. Many of the landowners ended up selling their collections. I know that a couple of collections he bought in the early 1960’s while I was in high school. These men sold him material they collected from Arkansas and Mississippi in the early part of the century around 1910 to 1930, so I was told.

Once he came home with about 200 arrowheads that he picked up while the Parish (County) builds oxidation ponds for a new water system. As the bulldozer dug the ponds and spread the dirt he was there to pick up the arrowheads before they became covered with concrete.

My father never dug a pot but did buy some--I think in the 1970’s from a auction at a university. He did have a number shards picked up when he collected arrowheads. He also would attend shows and buy pieces.

My father’s people came from Arkansas and I can remember when we would visit (1950’s) when they still got their water from a bucket and well in the front yard. They would give him arrowheads that they found in the fields where they worked.

As I put these artifacts up for sale I can only state to best of my ability that most were collected in the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. That they were collected on the surface on private lands and are legal to trade or sale.

Mickey McLean

 

ID#: ARROW027

Type: Harrell Arrowhead

Size: 2.5 x 1.5"

Description: Mississippian to Historic, 900-500 B.P. Found in Arkansas

Price: $145 + $3 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: ARROW028

Type: Conejo Arrowhead

Size: 1 7/8" x2 1/8" wide

Description: Conejo Arrowhead - Late Archaic 2500 B P, Texas

Price: $100 + $3 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: ARROW029

Type: Rose Springs Arrowhead 1600-700

Description: Rose Springs Arrowhead 1600-700 B P.  A beautiful arrowhead, great shape

Price: $75 + $3 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: ARROW030

Type: Starr Arrowhead

Size: 1" x 1.5"

Description: Starr Arrowhead, Texas, “V” Base, 100-250 B P

Price: $200 + $3 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: ARROW031

Type: Starr Arrowhead

Size: 1 1/8" x 7/8"

Description: Starr Arrowhead, Texas, “V” Base, 100-250 B P

Price: $150 + $4 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: ARROW035

Type: Cache River Arrowhead

Size: 3.5" x 1.5"

Description: Cache River Arrowhead, Nice shape, Arkansas, Archaic period

Price: $350 + $3 S&H (see ordering info)