I’d be sure to carefully read the post that started this thread — the part about sterilizing the rock.[:I]
Rocks on the Ranch.
One of my former clients lives in ‘Indian Old Fields’ in Clark County Kentucky. He has a very large cattle farm. Out west you’d call it a ranch. He had an appreciation Bar-B-Q for his employees, friends, relatives, clients, vendors and whatnot. Quite a feed. Held in his big equipment barn. After we ate (gorged) to the max. I was sitting outside on an old wooden bench looking at Joe’s backhoe and talking with a relative of his, he was scratching in the ground with a boot and darned if he didn’t turn up an Indian Spear Point. Well, I’m no expert, but it was too big to be an arrowhead so I guess it went on a spear.
You can imagine the excitement this generated. After everyone had looked at it, Joe told the finder to keep it as a reminder of the day.
I kinda felt jealous, no, since I’m telling the tale I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel jealous, I was kinda angry, I was sitting right next to this guy, why couldn’t I have found it???
The finder said "Oh no, Joe this artifact is part of this land it belongs on this farm. I couldn’t take it, you keep it". Joe looked him in the eye and said "Thanks, I appreciate that".
Wham. Lightning bolt hit me. Thank you Lord that I didn’t find that point. Because I would have kept it, and the point did really belong on the land. I learned a lesson that day.