Central States Archaeological Societies
Central States Archaeological Societies

KENTUCKY'S 'DOUBLE' CACHE

Scott O, Stoke and Janie Boone
Hodgenville, Kentucky


In the spring of 1980 farmer Murrell Reed got on his tractor and started breaking up the ground on his Nelson County, Kentucky, farm. Within a ten-minute walk of Murrell's farm are two caves, several rock overhangs, a small creek, and a fair-sized river, so it was an ideal area for early man in Kentucky.

There had always been an arrowhead or two to be found on his land, and he would on occasion stop the tractor to save a piece. But on this day, while making his final pass around the field, he saw something that brought him off the tractor and to the ground like never before. He had never laid his eyes on anything like this!  There in
an area about sixty feet long were two heavy concentrations of flint. It was a cache of over 115 pieces of flint.

The cache contained sixteen Harrison Turkey Tails, ranging in length from 4 3/4 inches to 7 1/2 inches. Also in the cache were fifty-three Hebron Turkey Tail points ranging from 3 inches to 5 1/5 inches in length, as well as assorted other blades and preforms. Looking at the collection as a whole, one can see that these points were made by two different craftsmen.  It is also interesting to note that the blades were made from two different types of  local flint: Kentucky Hornstone and Sonora flint.·

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