Michigan’s Prehistory: Piecing It Back Together
by George Jachim
|Central States Archaeological Societies 2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan
We often read and hear that learning
about our ancient past is like putting together the pieces
of a puzzle. All six of these ancient artifacts I have
included with this article have been pieced back together.
These are all personal finds from one field in Ottawa
County, Michigan. Ottawa County is just west of Grand
Rapids, about fifty miles from Lake Michigan in the central
portion of the state.
I’m very fortunate in that at the current
time, I’m the only person with permission to
walk this field. I keep all the pieces I find from
my walks.When I return home,I spread out my pieces
and check for mates from the day’s walk and
previous walks. Over time, I have discovered the
other parts of many broken pieces. With just a dab
of superglue, I’ll piece back together the
artifact and it becomes whole again. This “piecing” together
our past has become an enjoyable part of my hunting
experience. The past becomes whole once again.
All of us have been continually encouaged to “write
our page in history.” I hope you have enjoyed
(L to R. All pieces are shown just slightly less
than actual size.)
Knife blade, 2 5/16” long. Tip found 1/07/08, base found
Drill, 2 ¼” long. Tip found 9/18/04, base found
earlier. Break is nearly indistinguishable
Point, 1 3/8” long. Tip found 9/02/06, base found earlier.
Drill, 1 3/16” long. Base found 7/14/07, tip found earlier.
Blade, 1 13/16” long. Tip found 7/03/2005, base found
Knife, 2 5/8” long. Tip found 10/02/04, base found earlier
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