While shooting nuisance blackbirds on a friends 230 acres of sweet corn fields (which also happens to be the surrender grounds of the British at the Battle of Saratoga.) When the birds aren’t flying I usually poke around with a metal detector. However, I forgot the metal detector so decided to walk the field edges along the Hudson River. I found a midden (aboriginal American). lots of flint tools, scrapers, blades, broken points. Every year in these fields more stuff surfaces. Artifacts from early archaic, 8000 BC to contact period 1600AD. As well as Revolutionary war relics. British, American and German buttons( Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum Hessian troops, was encamped on the other side of the river before his ill fated trip to the Battle of Bennington) , buckles, round ball musket projectiles, gun flints etc.
The ‘rocks’ in the pic above are what I found last week . There are a couple of broken projectile point as well as scrapers, blades and assorted other bifaces. all of Normanskill flint the most common found in this area. The broken points are of the Snook Kill typology. Unique to this area of the state and date from middle to late archaic 3500 BC.- 1500BC. These are all surface finds. This area has heavily excavated by the NYS archaeologists and is generally known as the Fish creek site. covers couple of miles of the West bank of the Hudson River.
The pic above is Aboriginal American ammo. The point top row 3rd from L is a snook kill point as well as the 1st & 2nd in the middle row L. All of this Indian ammo,celt, grind stone and scraper, except for the large spear point at the bottom (Grand father found it on his farm in Hope, ND). came from local sites and found by myself and my wife. These are not arrow points in this case. they are lance/spear or atlatl points and blades. The bow did not exist yet. (in North America) I have about 25 Ricker trays of points found over the last 65 years from all over the US and Canada(mostly local). As well as large stone tools and other artifacts. The following pic is about half and half arrow and atlatl projectiles. All found in the local Mohawk River, Hoosick (aka Hoosic, Hoosac) and Hudson river drainage’s (NY state). There are 3 paleo ( 10,000 BC - 8,000 BC) projectiles in the case, bottom row 5th and 6th from the left and in row above , the 4th from the right. The earliest is the tan colored short fluted clovis point. It was much longer but was re-worked several times before being discarded or lost. The rest of the projectiles are middle archaic to contact period.
If moderators feel this is not appropriate I will delete. Ammo of a different sort.