Artifacts
***More Artifacts Coming Soon***
  Since pulling those first two points out of the ground
when I was only 7 yrs old, I have not been able to find
anything that compares to recovering artifacts.  In
almost every case of finding an artifact, your fingers are
the next fingers to touch the artifact since the aboriginal
who used it to hunt game and defend the people of his
home village or habitation.

   This inspiration pushed me to pursue archaeology
avocationally and educate myself as much as possible
on disoveries that pertained to the ancient inhabitants of
North America.  You will notice that I consider myself
an Avocational Archaeologist because I collect, analize
and interpret the artifacts I find for enjoyment.  Although
I do not excavate, and do not have a formal education
in archaeology, I carry-out many of the same duties and
functions of archaeologists.  I have 23 years of
experience handling thousands of artifacts and enjoy it
immensly.
I am a firm believer in private ownership of Indian
artifacts, because I believe much can be learned when
the avocational, such as myself, teams up and works
with open minded professionals with the sole goal of
sharing information in an open and honest fashion.  If we
all set our pride, fears, and prejudices aside, much can
be learned from such relationships with the general
public benefitting from education of new discoveries.  
To those professionals that do not agree with this line of
thinking, I really encourage you to reconsider and just
try to work with responsible avocationals like me.  For
those professionals hostile and angered by my thoughts
of cooperation, I ask you to read my friend
Jim Fisher's
very well stated response to your hard position.

   Please enjoy viewing some of my artifacts and be
sure to check out my insitu pictures of some of them by
clicking on the pictures.
  All of the artifacts on this page were found by me personally and have been documented by
date of find, site location, and location within each site.  I also attach a catalog number on each
artifact to link it to my documentation.  These artifacts have also been collected from the surface
of agriculturally disturbed fields in South Central New York State with the permission of the
private land owners.  I do not advocate excavation, digging or "pot hunting" by amateurs, nor
do I participate in such activities.  I support excavation by professional archaeologists only or by
avocationals and interested people only if supervised by professionals.  None of the artifacts
you view here are for sale, nor will they be offered for sale at any time.  I hope that you will
enjoy viewing the artifacts on these pages and that it will inspire you to learn more about the
aboriginal people groups that lived where you currently do.
Left:  Genesee Point,
made from
Esopus and
Brewerton Point made
from
Onondaga chert.
These points were my  
first two points.  They
were recovered in 1979
when I was 7 yrs old.  
Both points were found in
Cortland County.

Right:  left to right,
Brewerton points, far
right is a Lamoka point.  
All points found in
Cortland and Chenango
Counties.  The light grey
beveled point is made
from Esopus and the
others from Onondaga
chert.
Click on pictures to see insitu photo when available
Left:  left to right,
Genesee or possibly a
Snook Kill made from
Esopus Chert and  point
found in Chenango
County, Brewerton, made
from Onondaga Chert,
and found in Cortland
County, Susquehanna or
possibly a Perkiomen
point due to the shape (I
lean more toward the
Susq. due to the base
configuration), made
from Rhyolite that comes
from PA,  found in
Chenango County.

Right:  Various forms of
corded pottery from
Chenango County.
No insitu photo available
Insitu photo available
Insitu photos available
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Last updated 2/2/07
Left:   Levanna Points
from the late Woodland
Period.  All made out of
Onondaga Chert and
found in Chenango
County, NY

Right:  Steatite (Soapstone)
pottery found in Chenango
County, NY.  Notice the
holes drilled in the lower
right hand piece, they were
put there to facilitate
repair of the original
whole vessel.  Also, each
of the large bottom pieces
have pits in them similiar
to a pitted stone, but
whatever was being
pounded had sharp long
edges.
Insitu photos available
Insitu photos available