A rare personal find in Kentucky
Jack A. DeBorde
|Central States Archaeological Societies 2006
On Sunday, September 29th, 2002;
Benny Webb of Winchester, Kentucky
and I began hunting the fields after the
previous day's hard rain. He asked me
when the last time I had that "special
feeling" that comes from finding a super
artifact. I said I hadn't had such a feeling
since I had found a St. Louis Clovis in
Bourbon county in 1990.
We always rinse our shoes in bleach
to avoid tracking black shank disease
from one field to another and we had to
get it at another farm miles way from
where we intended to hunt. So as long as
we were there, we walked a site on
which the tobacco had been cut weeks
earlier. After a short while my friend
wanted to leave as the field was not producing
for him, but I continued on as I
was finding flint chips and I thought I
spotted a portion of a broken celt. Just a
little piece of green polished stone was
visible. After removing it I realized what
it was. I had seen birdstones in books but
all were from Northern states. When
Benny saw my find he noticed the circular
color on one eye and stated it looked
more like a dog than a bird. He named it "Spot" and the name fits.
I would never
have found this fine artifaact if we didn’t
go for bleach. Whenever I look at "Spot"
I think of Benny's words: "When was the
last time you had that special feeling?"
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