22 December 2009

Dumpster Diving Adventure

My dad was staying in Miner, MO for work last month and he called me one Saturday afternoon, leaving an urgent message that began, "Jeannette, this is not an emergency; I just want to tell you about my dumpster diving adventure."
He took out his trash and noticed an abundance of arrowheads and other artifacts strewn about. Curious, he climbed into the dumpster to see what he could find and saw a generous amount of arrowheads, rocks and other things that we aren't sure what they are. There's quite a collection.

The guy who dumped the relics owns storage units and apparently, someone hadn't paid their bill, so he emptied the unit into a dumpster and then smashed down the 'trash' with a backhoe. It's sad to think about what my dad wasn't able to salvage.

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Piles of arrowheads....

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...big and small.

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I'm not even sure what these were for or from.

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I'm not exactly sure about this stuff either.

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This might be a tooth?

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What was this jug used for?

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Found bottle necks, strung together on a wire.

You can see more of the rescued artifacts by visiting the set I've created on flickr. We aren't sure what much of the stuff is or where it came from. The collector had obviously catalogued many of the items, but without his records, it's still a huge mystery. I've emailed someone at Cahokia Mounds, but haven't heard back. Besides them, would you have a suggestion as to who he'd be able to speak with?

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Listening to: Thomas Dutronc - Jeune, Je Ne Savais Rien
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10 comments:

  1. Is there a professor at a nearby college who specializes in early Native American studies? That's an amazing find, yet so sad that the dump-er didn't realize the value of it.

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  2. Contact SIUE. My mom found an axe head once out at our cabin and a professor there identified it.

    Cahokia Mounds is a good idea too. That is really a neat find. It's crazy that some people have no appreciation for history.

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  3. The folks at the Illinois State Museum could help you too. I received some very good help with some other types of antiques. I know they would be willing to help you.

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  4. Mastadon State Park in Imperial MO could help you with the possible tooth.

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  5. Its crazy somebody would actually throw that stuff away! Its a good thing your Dad was there to salvage them.

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  6. Wow, that's a really interesting and random find. Just makes you think what else could be stored in place like that all over the country.

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  7. Oooh! What cool finds! I would recommend Cahokia Mounds or SIUE for sure.

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  8. Oh, I somehow totally missed this post when you wrote it a month ago.

    If you haven't found anyone who will take you seriously about this yet, email me. My sister has a degree in Anthropology and interned at Cahokia mounds. She could either identify these or would know someone who could.

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