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Homestead Update 7/2/2017

2 Jul

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Well let’s see what has been going on around here the past 3 weeks other than working 70 hours a week. These are some of the onions I harvested from my raised bed garden.

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I picked this apple from our orchard. Most of the peach trees had no fruit because a late freeze got most of the blooms. But, one of the trees bloomed later and was loaded down with peaches. Unfortunately, every peach had a hole bored into it! I haven’t sprayed our trees, I have been just letting them grow and get established. I think next Spring I will spray them, they should be ready to produce some fruit by then.

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I was out working and I noticed this garden beside the field I was checking. There was a nice, old-fashioned, scarecrow to keep the birds away.

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I also parked in front of this old, closed down storefront. You don’t see many stores like this anymore, it’s a shame it is closed. I actually have a hat I would like cleaned.

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I found this jaw bone in a field. A horse maybe?

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I found these native American artifacts in a field. I found all of them within 10 feet of each other. I have found a lot of artifacts this Spring. I’ll take some pictures and show them to you later.

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I saw this large, blooming hedge by a field I was checking. I think my bees might like this.

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Anyone know what this might be?

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I have a large pile of soil I scooped up with my front end loader when we were building our house. I finally got around to making a soil sifter to clean the gravel, glass, nails, etc. In my very first wheel barrel load I found this nice projectile point, two marbles, and an old penny. Who knows what else I might find. I’ll keep you informed. Until then, keep prepping everyone!

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Native American Artifacts

26 Jul

I’ve had a really good year finding artifacts this year. It started off slow but finished with a flurry.

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Early this Spring I found this nice cutting tool.

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This is what I picked up the rest of this year. Most of it is just bits and pieces of broken points, but if you look at the bottom row you can see some nice actual arrowheads. When most people think of “arrowheads” they picture something like the picture below;

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This is a really nice projectile point, but it is not an arrowhead. It is much too large and heavy to be fired from a bow. It is actually a spear point or some sort of defensive stabbing stick. But the points on the bottom row of my picture are small points that could actually be fired on an arrow from a primitive bow. They are very hard to find(1) they are so small they are hard to see and (2) they are thin and delicate and tend to be broken by our large, modern farming equipment. I have only picked up three small points in my entire life, but this year I picked up ten in one month, and nine of them came from one field. If you had suggested that would happen I would have laughed in your face and called you crazy! In addition to that field I just mentioned, I discovered another field where I found lots and lots of pottery shards.

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This is a picture of some Native American pottery in a museum. You would never find whole complete pieces like this unless you excavated a burial site or an elevated mound, both of which are illegal now. But you can find broken bits of pottery like these at old native campsites.

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These are three very large pieces I found at the site. If I had picked up all the small pieces I would have been able to fill up a 2 gallon bucket. I know for sure these are pottery pieces because a museum curator taught me how to identify them. The pieces are much lighter than stone or porcelain, and they have an open, porous texture. Modern pottery would have at least one surface of a highly glazed finish.

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This piece is large enough you can see the curve of the bowl.

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I found this drawing of a native forming a bowl out of clay and ground shells. I can just imagine him sitting in front of his animal skin tee-pee forming a bowl to use for cooking, eating, drinking and storing food. And now here I sit 200, 500, maybe 1000 years later holding a piece of his pottery in my hand! I wonder what his life was like, I wonder what he thought? I would like to go back in time and talk to him. That would be really interesting wouldn’t it?

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I was really, really happy to find this piece. It is a piece of pottery on which the maker took the time to use a sharp object and draw decorative lines on the bowl before he finished it. I knew they occasionally did decorative work but I never thought I would find a piece of one!

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I also found a piece of pottery that would have been a handle on a bowl. Very rare and hard to find.

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I also found this stone in the same spot. Now, I can’t be sure it is an actual artifact and not just a random stone, but it sure could be. The stone is smooth as glass, and has a perfectly flat bottom. When you hold it in your hand it fits perfectly and would work really well as a grinding stone. Since I found it on the site among the other artifacts I am going to keep it just in case!

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I found this tooth at the same site and it sure looks human to me. You can even see the cavity right in the middle of it. Maybe it was hurting and he pulled it out!

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And lastly, I found these two lead bullets at the site. Could they be related? Who knows, I guess they could be. Keep your eyes open everyone!

Homestead Update

2 Aug

It’s been a rough week at work, the insects are needing to be sprayed everywhere and the farmers are not happy, especially since the prices of all the crops have taken a severe tumble downward the past few weeks.

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Most of the cotton fields are starting to have a few bolls so I can see the end is in sight for this season.

 

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I saw this tractor in one of the fields I check, and it reminded me to put my 15 gallon tank on my ATV and spray Roundup around the fences on the homestead to keep the Poison Ivy killed back. You will notice the bar on the front of the tractor has three old automobile seats mounted on it as well as umbrellas for shade. Three men (or women) sit in the seats as the tractor drives through the field and the each hold a spray wand in their hands to spot spray pigweeds as the tractor moves slowly through the field. I have to believe this is a violation of so many OSHA regulations I don’t even want to think about it. Five years ago, you never saw these rigs anywhere because Roundup killed everything in sight. But now we have the scourge of Palmer Amaranth (pigweed) which Roundup won’t kill, thus the resurgence of spot sprayers and chopping crews.

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I found a couple of pieces of Indian artifacts and a marble in the same spot. It is not unusual to find Indian artifacts and modern artifacts in the same spot because people lived in these same sites for the same reason. The Indians were here long ago, and as they looked for places to live, they had a list of needs to fulfill to find a good site. First, they preferred to be by a running body of water such as a river or creek. The creeks provided them with water for drinking, cooking, and washing. It also held aquatic creatures for food such as fish, frogs, turtles, etc. These creeks also attracted game such as deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, etc. which was a necessary source of food. As an added feature, if they could find an open and elevated area, preferably with a sandy soil, it was even more desirable.  Being elevated kept water from standing after a rain, and the open area helped provide a breeze to cool them off and keep the bugs away. Remember, they had no electricity for fans or AC and no insect repellant. When the white settlers came along and the Indians were killed off or forced out, the settlers recognized these places as a desirable spot to build a homestead for the same reasons the Indians lived in those sites. You could have someone living on the same location for 200 years or more, thus the mixture of relics from two different cultures. That ends your history lesson for today, keep prepping everyone!

Native American Artifacts

30 Jul

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I found another nice Native American artifact today. I was really lucky to find this one because I was in a field of tall cotton that had almost lapped the middles. I was spreading back the foliage to look at the fruit on the stalks and there the artifact laid, right between my feet.

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This is one of the nicer fields of cotton I am checking this year. When the crop is tall enough to shade the middles where you can’t see down to the ground we say it has canopied up or is laid by. We like it when we reach this stage because it helps keep the weeds from coming up. I’ll be glad when all my fields look like this one. This year has been pretty rough and it is not going to get much better until it is over. I am not posting regularly because I am still working 13 hours a day. Every day as I am out I take pictures and compose blog posts in my mind. Sometimes I compose 2 or 3 a day. I like to think my posts are interesting and informative, and often humorous and witty! (at least in my mind anyway) But after I come in and shower it is nearly 9 pm and all I feel like doing is sitting in my recliner for an hour before bedtime and reading some of your blogs. My motivation for writing has left me after a 13 hour day! Elvis has left the building! So I just sit quietly and read. I am usually envious of your goats, chickens, rabbits and other livestock and your beautiful gardens. Someday I hope to have the time to do more of these type of homesteading activities. Wait a minute, isn’t envy one of the 7 deadly sins? Yeah, number 6 on the list. I guess that will just be another check mark against me in Heaven’s big ledger book of life. Be good.

Native American Artifacts

20 Jul

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Yesterday I found this artifact and it is really nice. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but the stone has a natural pinkish hue. I was really happy to find it.

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I got back on my ATV and continued on another 50 feet and I spotted another one. Double Score! You must think I find this stuff all the time, but I have just had a good run of luck this year. Most years I find maybe 6-8 pieces but this year I probably have found twice that many.

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Later that same day I found this piece and I was excited and disappointed at the same time. I was happy to find it but disappointed it was broken. It is not often you find something actually small enough to have truly been an “arrowhead”. If this piece had been whole and complete I would have been dancing around in the field, whooping and hollarin’ like a ,,,,Well, you know!

Native American Artifacts; Part Two

23 Jun

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This is a nice tool I found. It is rounded to fit the hand and one end is honed down to a chisel point.

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This is another I would like to show to an expert. This stone is smooth as glass and the edges are smooth and rounded except one end is ground down to a chisel point.

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Today I found another cutting tool. It is smooth and fits the hand nicely with one end ground down to a point.

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Yesterday I found this really nice point! It has all the edges intact and the stone has a nice marbled appearance. I’m sure somebody was really proud of this one, I know I am. Keep your eyes open!

Native American Artifacts

22 Jun

I have some Native American Artifacts I keep in my curio cabinet and I took some pictures for you.

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These are some broken pieces of projectile points and a piece of pottery I picked up as I walked through the field.

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Here is another piece. I have a cigar box full of these type of bits and pieces. I keep my good, undamaged pieces in a display case I will show you sometime.

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These are 3 large cutting or digging tools. I have also seen these objects described as trade stones.

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This is a game stone, similar to a clay pigeon in our time. They would roll these across the ground and the youngsters would throw spears or shoot arrows at it as a game. But it was more than a game, it helped them hone their hunting skills for survival. More for tomorrow, until then keep honing your survival skills!