850 year old copper arrow head found in Canada

Discussion in 'Archery' started by NevadaBlue, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    8,682
    Location:
    Under the Blue Nevada Sky
    I did a search here and didn't find a thread on this. Pretty neat find.

    [​IMG]

    The article said it is about 11 inches long overall, including the barbed antler shaft.
     
  2. Beaker

    Beaker Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2009
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    697
    Location:
    Illinois
    I read that article earlier today. I’m always amazed that there are still finds like this. Fascinating!
     
  3. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    8,682
    Location:
    Under the Blue Nevada Sky
    It is surprising isn't it. This was actually sticking out of the ice.
     
  4. Zunga

    Zunga Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2017
    Messages:
    2,496
    Likes Received:
    10,234
    Location:
    British Columbia
    Is that the one they found out of melt ice in a high carriboo range? Looks like the one I saw on a cbc documentary. I've tried to find the video online but no luck. After I saw the video. I looked up mining maps of the area (bc, Yukon border) very little tin anywhere. Would explain why they hadnt created bronze. Very cool stuff!
     
  5. ATsawyer

    ATsawyer Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2012
    Messages:
    559
    Likes Received:
    1,267
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Michigan's western UP is full of "float copper" (floats to the surface by freeze/thaw action). See eBay for pure UP copper nuggets. Probably not hard to make your own spear point, as copper is pretty malleable.
     
  6. Zunga

    Zunga Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2017
    Messages:
    2,496
    Likes Received:
    10,234
    Location:
    British Columbia
    Like bog iron or gold. With iron you look for rust. Copper I'm guessing your looking for green?
     
  7. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    8,682
    Location:
    Under the Blue Nevada Sky
  8. Hoof

    Hoof Former Genius Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2015
    Messages:
    4,296
    Likes Received:
    25,116
    Location:
    South Louisiana
    I love this kind of stuff, thanks for posting.
     
  9. mtnoutdoors

    mtnoutdoors Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    2,417
    Likes Received:
    8,515
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Love this stuff reading about the past only if we can really go back in time to see how they really lived. And what wild edibles an what they did with them. That would be so cool. Prov 27 : 17
     
  10. City Bushcrafter

    City Bushcrafter Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2017
    Messages:
    959
    Likes Received:
    4,901
    That's a mean looking arrow. I wonder how well it flew with that shaft.
     
  11. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    954
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Here is a copper nugget from Michigan.. 1518569884281292303249.jpg
     
  12. yooper71

    yooper71 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I worked underground at White Pine in the 90’s.
     
    CivilizationDropout and ATsawyer like this.
  13. Bob_Spr

    Bob_Spr Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    900
    Likes Received:
    2,452
    Location:
    Columbus, GA
    If that's the point, wonder how long the arrow shaft was orginally? When I saw it, I thought atlatl.
     
    CivilizationDropout, Zunga and Wasp like this.
  14. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    954
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    I lived upper lower penusla just east of Cadillac, while I worked at a sawmill up there. This was a gift someone got me at sleeping bear dunes
     
    CivilizationDropout and JasonJ like this.
  15. rk_az

    rk_az Wandering Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2013
    Messages:
    595
    Likes Received:
    1,330
    Location:
    South Central AZ
    Looks like a harpoon head to me.
     
  16. JEB

    JEB Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,040
    Likes Received:
    356
    Location:
    Muskegon, Michigan
    I was thinking spear or harpoon also.
     
  17. garry3

    garry3 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2013
    Messages:
    554
    Likes Received:
    823
    Fish point for sure. Interesting how the barbs are set at a 90 from the copper point and each barb is longer than the one in front of it. Don't imagine many got away once they were hit.
     
  18. ATsawyer

    ATsawyer Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2012
    Messages:
    559
    Likes Received:
    1,267
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    I remember going underground in one of the copper mines with my dad in 1958. I think it was a mine on the Keweenaw peninsula. They talked about finding chunks of raw copper so big they couldn't get them to the surface. That part of the UP is a miracle of nature.
     
  19. Hoof

    Hoof Former Genius Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2015
    Messages:
    4,296
    Likes Received:
    25,116
    Location:
    South Louisiana
    My first thought was harpoon as well, but not at the top of a mountain. So I figure it almost had to be some kind of spear point.
     
  20. yooper71

    yooper71 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I grew up on the Keweenaw, was up there last Tuesday. Fair amount of snow. Funny enough, I had never been in any of the mines until I went to work in one.
     
  21. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2014
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    474
  22. Zunga

    Zunga Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2017
    Messages:
    2,496
    Likes Received:
    10,234
    Location:
    British Columbia
    If it's the same one I saw on a documentary (I think it is) your totally correct. Atlatl. In the video it had a wooden shaft mounted to the saw tooth antler.
     

Share This Page