I'm trying to get into this digging thing, but am wandering if I have the patience for it. I went out to Chrisner's this weekend because it is one of the closest places to me. I was told to follow the signs and you will see where the digging sites are, but the only problem with that is there were so many I didn't have a clue where to begin. I never had confidence in finding anything, so I wouldn't stay at a particular place for long. I'm guessing this is a broken drill that I found on the surface, but other than that I found nothing else. Does anybody have any tips for me to use next time?
DJ, I've never been to cristners, but there are lots of folks on this site who like it, so I'm sure they will assist you with their inputs. Digging takes some getting use to, and there are some things to keep in mind. You can well expect to be sore from doing it afterwards, as it is it's own form of exercise, but you will recover fine. You just need to get into a good productive site, and let the adrenaline kick in with a good find. I think the digging will just come naturally after that point! Also, know that there are some very tough middens out there that are matrixed with hard gummy dark gray claysoil and loaded with blocky burnt limestone chunks, and the only way you can possible dig them by hand is with a pick and shovel. I've walked away from some of these because I felt the returns weren't worth the effort. Other sites may be easy to dig by comparrison. Arrowheads are where you find them. I had days that I dug for hours on end and didn't find anything worth taking home, then came back later to the same place and found several good ones in a fraction of the time and effort. Keep the faith, and keep digging, and it WILL come.
Dj, the only time that I went was at Digfest '07, but I saw some of the nicest points come out of there. The thing is, if you are not patient and willing to work at it, you might not find anything for a while. However, I also found a lot of surface pieces. If you walk down the creek bed, and keep your eyes on the ground, there's a good chance of finding nice pieces.
HELLO, I HAVE SOME BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF SOME AREAS AROUND THE CAVES AND SUCH THAT ARE SIMPLY DIRT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DUG PROBABLY 2 OR 3 TIMES. I HAVE PROBABLY BLOWN ABOUT 200 DOLLARS ON 2 FLAKES OF FLINT. IM NOT AN EXPERT DIGGER I JUST HAVE ABOUT 20 YEARS EXPERINCE, AND MY ADVICE WOULD BE TEST THE MILK BEFORE YOU BUY THE COW.