Since I first published this website, I have come to realize that I have far more "artifacts" on my property than I originally thought. Plus, the bones I keep finding are far older than the Paleo-Indian period. I was only off-base by a couple of hundred million years. Yes, I think I have Paleo period relics, but I also have dinosaur bones. Or, if not dinosaur bones, my property is chock-full of Xenolith's and Porphyritic Feldspars, Diorites, Rhyoloites and you-name-its! And that might be all there is except I am still left with actual unexplained bones and tools.
My "bone-supply" is unlimited and I have still only scratched the surface. I purchased a machine that cuts bone so I am able to look inside now which is exciting. I have posted dozens of pictures to show the results. Please do look at them; you won't be disappointed. Please either browse through the website via the above Table of Contents or click on the thumbnails below to go directly to the updated pages.
I am posting pictures of artifacts that have gone through what I believe is "Chalcedony pseudomorph after bone" mineral replacement. When cut open they reveal gorgeous colors and designs. Everyone has seen these in jewelry but it's very exciting to have an unending supply in your own backyard.
I am also going to update several sections of this site that need revisions. I found an intact spinal column and I had identified some of the bones I found as "Tools." That is all part of my learning curve.
The pages have been expanded so please scroll down each one for information. Please realize that the pictures are thumbnails and have to be clicked on to see the full size version. I would think that would be common knowledge but not everyone does it.
Thanks so much and click on the following thumbnails to go to the updated page...Kathy
I have published this site in order to share Paleo-Indian tools, artwork, bones of hunted animals, rock carvings and other artifacts with interested people. All artifacts have been found on my five acre property located in southern Oregon. I have found various stone objects over the years but always thought the finds to be of Native American origin. It was not until I burned-back my fields this spring for fire-safety measures that I realized the true nature of what was located on my property. I have approximately thirty "mounds" that I have not explored, and the one mound that I have excavated revealed tools, skulls and artwork.
I am hesitant to call my rock carvings "Pictographs/Petroglyphs" since those words bring to mind painting on a stone surface or cave wall. All of my finds are carved stone and I believe many have been done by the same artist. The small artwork objects I have discovered are amazing. All artwork has a flat bottom so the viewing direction is easily figured out. Thank you so much, ancient person!
I have also set-up this site as a learning-tool for myself and others. If you notice that I did not identify an object/bone/tool correctly, please let me know. I have done all work on my own with no help from others. Hundreds of hours have gone into research, and I think I have accessed every Paleo and Giant Ground Sloth site on the Internet.
After process of elimination and much bone comparison, I figured out I have what I believe are two types of giant sloth bones and also short-faced bear bones. Nothrotheriops Shastensis (NS) and the small Paramylodon harlani are the sloths I believe I have. I do not have any of the very large sloths that are found east of the Rockies. I have also found what I believe are Short Faced Bear...Arctodus simus bones. In fact, my property is a killing field of sorts. Once I identified the bones and realized that these magnificent mammals went extinct sometime over 10,000 years ago, I of course knew I had Paleo Period artifacts. From just the massive amount of bones I have found, I am going to put-forth a theory. Giant Ground Sloths in southern Oregon disappeared due to over-hunting.
When it comes to Fluted Points, no Clovis type have been found on my property so far. In fact, neither have Folsom, Cumberland or Paleo types popular in the rest of North America. I have only discovered the rather mundane and boring regular stone arrowheads. Nothing fancy, but it certainly did the trick. Most of the tools I have found are shown in "Paleo-Indian Artifacts" by Lar Hothem. Many of the tools I have found are not shown in the book, but since very few Western tools are documented anywhere, that is not surprising.
Please follow along with me in text and pictures as I describe the Paleo-Indian objects located in my own backyard. Also please remember to click the thumbnail pictures in order to view the larger photos.
Also please realize that this entire website is under construction. If you notice errors, please bring them to my attention.
PS...To be continued. Please see the second page for FAQ's and Q&A.