Found! A Clear Quartz Point
by Terry Ravey,
|Central States Archaeological Societies 2017 January Journal
My wife Sheila and I live in the mountains of Colorado. I bought my 42 acres
of land in the 1960s, and spent many years building my home, which is at
9,000 feet in elevation.
Just recently, my dad, Bill Ravey, a retired Air Force Colonel, who now
has Alzheimer’s, was visiting. We went out walking, and I told him
to be cautious. Nothing is really level on the property. At one point he
stumbled, which caused me to look down. Just underneath the topsoil I saw
what appeared to be a shiny object. I picked it up, and to my amazement it
was a clear quartz crystal point (Figs. 1,2).
I had never seen anything quite like it, and took it to a rock and mineral
show, showing it there to Larry Cunningham. He said it was made from quartz
crystal of a high grade optical quality. He suggested I take it to the Loveland
Stone Age Fair in September. Without his guidance and encouragement I most
probably would have just put the point on a shelf as a curiosity. I was surprised
that the point gained such attention at the Stone Age Fair. Those who viewed
it said most probably it was a transitional piece, Late Paleo to Early Archaic
in age and had Goshen characteristics.
Questions arise when I look at this point. How did it get here? I found
it near what is known as Camel Rock, a very large rock that provides shelter
from the wind. It also serves as a landmark. There is a cave on the north
side of my property, several rock shelters, as well as an artesian water
source. Pike’s Peak is visible to the east. There is always plenty
of game available, much more than down on the open plains below. The elk
migrate through here, the rivers are full of fish and you see deer all the
I have found other arrowheads on my property and I plan on continuing to
look for artifacts and perhaps clues to what might have happened here more
than 10,000 years before the land was mine.
Above: Figures 1,2. The clear quartz crystal point. It measures 1 ¾ inches
in length and exhibits microflaking on both sides in a ripple
pattern. The point is completly translucent, as can be seen in Figure 1 on
the left. The rock behind is visible through the point.