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Strange Inheritance: Quarter-million ancient
arrowheads coveted by John Wayne

Fox Business, by Krysia Lenzo

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/18/2018 9:42:56 PM

It’s a collection unlikely to be duplicated: nearly 250,000 ancient Native American arrowheads, some as old as 12,000 years. North Carolina couple Moon and Irene Mullins amassed the relics over a half-century, and Moon willed it to his friend and caregiver Jerry Williams. The collection is featured on the FOX Business Network series, “Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby Opens a New Window. .” The episode premieres Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 p.m. ET. “The Mullins Collection surpasses anything I’ve seen in private hands,” says Joe Candillo, Native American historian and a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. “It’s breathtaking. You’re

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: readaholic, 1/18/2018 10:12:44 PM     (No. 11515154)

Thank for posting!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/18/2018 10:55:42 PM     (No. 11515189)

I worked with a man in Roswell, New Mexico who had an arrowhead collection of tens of thousands of specimens. He asked me to help him mount them and organize them. I would have been glad to if I had had ten years spare time to do it. He had some spear points, pure white, that were more than 14" long. Some of his tiny points were less than an inch and absolutely perfect in every detail. It was fascinating. I would love to go to this museum someday.

PS: I used to fly my small plane over that desert and all along the Pecos river and tribs, just looking at the ground for old ranches. I loved exploring them. And all over the landscape you can see these little circles of stone if you are low enough, and these, I was told by my friend, are the antelope hides the native Americans made to hunt antelope. And if you find one of these sites (which on the ground are practically invisible), you will find hundreds of arrowheads all around them. they were used by tribe hunters for thousands of years. the antelope are still there and incredibly beautiful. I´ve had them walk right up to the window of my truck- just sit still, they will come right up to you. They are notoriously curious animals, which made them easy prey for the bow and arrow hunters.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dvc, 1/19/2018 1:13:48 AM     (No. 11515239)

Neat collection, I have a few I have found over the years but now you can´t even pick up an arrowhead on any public land which is pretty much ALL of the country west of KS.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 1/19/2018 10:35:36 AM     (No. 11515586)

*Putting on my Pedantic Archaeologist’s Hat now*

The PROPER and CORRECT term is POINT. They come in various sizes but the most common, prolific and well known are DART points. Typically they are attached by sinew and glue to a lng shaft and thrown either by hand or an atl-atl. Yes there are points tiny enough to be attached to a thin stick and shot from a bow. Theyre a bit more rare than darts.

Just a side note that I wanted to share because its interesting. As a former archaeologist, collecting stone tools is contoversial outside the scientific method of excavation. Stone points are often diagnostic to a site and removing them from a location reduces their “value”. often times someone will say to me “hey so and so has arry heads you should go talk to them” and I have to reply “why should I do that now? The site is destroyed and a box of stone points tells me nothing about the place where they were found.”

Yes I know that annoys the hell outta people but I respect scientific study. I was told often by my profs that the only thing separating the archaeologist from a money grubbing pot hunter was the Scoentific Method. Thats what archaeologu IS.

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