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Relics and Artifacts

29 Jun

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I was in a field and I spotted this really nice projectile point. It was made out of a nice pretty white stone and the point is so sharp I had to be careful carrying it in my pocket. I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and looked and saw how white it was and I almost didn’t stop. The plastic irrigation pipe we use is white as well as most of the chemical jugs are white so you see a lot of pieces of jagged white plastic in the field. I thought that is probably just plastic, but I needed to stop and examine the crop closely so I stopped anyway and boy, I’m glad I did. People sometimes ask me how I see so much stuff as I am going through the field. Most of our fields are 1/4 of a mile from top to bottom and I make 4-6 passes through each one. That works out to be covering 1 to 1&1/2 miles in each field and I am looking down to check for weeds, insects, bloom shed and just general plant conditions. And if there is something out of the ordinary my eye naturally goes to it.

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In the next field I found this small piece of projectile point and a marble. I decided to take a picture of all the junk I saw that day.

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I don’t know what this is, it might be something left over from the mule farming days.

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A 12 in piece of solid steel rod.

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A steel blade from a tillage implement.

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A steel wheel off of a tillage implement.

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I have no idea what this is, it is a heavy piece of angle iron but it has two fine toothed, lightweight gears attached.

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A jawbone of some animal. If I was Sampson I could use it to slay a score of Philistines! Smile with tongue out

 

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A 4 inch bolt which I kept. The other junk I just picked up and pitched into the fence line. Something like that could get picked up and go into a harvest machine and cause a lot of damage. Well, that is just a sampling of the stuff I find every day. Stay observant and see what you might find.

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Old Relics and Artifacts

5 Apr

I finished cleaning up the area in front where the old house burned; now I am ready to spread some mulch in that area and plant some Azaleas or other perennials.

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This is most of the soil I scooped up with my front end loader as I was cleaning up. I am going to build a soil sieve to fit over my wheelbarrow and I am going to sift out this big mound of soil one shovelful at a time. Why you might ask?

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As I was cleaning I found this nice old marble. I’ve told you before I like looking for old marbles in old house sites.

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Today I found this beautiful Indian artifact. The edge is completely serrated as fine as a hacksaw blade, I have no idea how they were able to do that just using other rocks. As I was lifting up a load of soil with the loader I spotted a large coin just at the instant it slid back down into the mound! I know it is in there somewhere. There is no telling what I might find in that pile. When I get finished I will have some fine soil for the flower beds and all the nails, rocks, glass and other debris will be sorted out and disposed of in an appropriate manner. The main reason I am going to sort through this is because I just want to, it will be fun for me. I always like finding things. When I was a child I grew up in the flat lands of South Arkansas and all we had was dirt without a rock to be seen except what was hauled in for gravel. The road in front of our house was covered with small river washed gravel, a lot of it the size of marbles and smaller. You could look through the pieces and find fossils and tiny sea creatures embedded in the rocks. On some hot summer days I would scoop up a bucket full of gravel and sit in the shade going through the bucket piece by piece looking for the fossils like Indiana Jones! I still like finding things so looking through all that mound of soil will be a pleasure for me. If I find anything interesting I will share it with you, until then, be prepared.

Sand Storm

20 Jun

The weatherman is killing me in Missouri. We are still desperately droughty and we can only get 1-3 tenths of rain even when the forecast was for an 80% chance. And to make matters even worse, when the front came through, we had 60 MPH winds to contend with. All of my farmers had some fields get beat up by the wind, but one in particular had sand damage so severe he had to destroy 300 acres of cotton and replant those fields to soybeans.

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This is what the cotton looked like in a sheltered spot behind some trees.

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This is what it looked like in the rest of the field, completely destroyed. There was only one good thing to come out of that storm. One of the fields that was destroyed had an old house site in it and I took a few minutes to look for relics while I was checking the damage in the field. I knew the wind had scoured the ground so much it would have uncovered some objects. Most old house seats are located next to a road and a lot of people know about them. This one is located way away from any road so it has not been searched repeatedly. Most sites are easy to find when the crop is small, you just look for the sparkling glass.

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These sites are covered with literally thousands of pieces of broken glass. When the sun hits them they glitter like the stars on a moonless night. Hunting old house sites is a hobby for some people, so the sites near the roads have been walked over hundreds of times. That makes the odds of finding anything of interest very unlikely.

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You might find old tools like this worthless head of a tack hammer. I carry things like this out of the field because the sharp end could puncture a tire.

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I found these old spark plugs. Once I found one that was unusual and I took it to one of my farmers who is interested in old equipment and machines. The plug looked like a regular plug, but it was twice as big as most plugs. The farmer got really excited when he saw it. He said it came off a very old car, maybe a model “T”. I let him keep it because I knew it would mean more to him than to me.

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After searching for just 45 minutes, this was my haul. Two Indian artifacts, 5 marbles, 3 brass clothing snaps off of old Levi’s, 1 metal token, and a 1924D Lincoln penny. Not bad for 45 minutes of searching. I guess I’ll have to dock my pay for wasting my work time to mess around. I guess that is one of the perks of being your own boss. Just like the fact I only have to work a half a day. I only have to decide which 12 hours of the day I want to work!