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Column: It's getting harder to discover tribal artifacts in Illinois

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Fred Krause shares photo of "relics" he said he uncovered with his father. Photo from The Ottawa Times

An Illinois main explains how he used to find Indian artifacts but laments that few seem to be around these days:
I learned to look for Indian relics when I was a very young lad, in the year of 1954.

Back then, there were a lot of remains of old villages throughout the county back. Some have asked me how we knew where to look. There were certain things that would tip off a person off that there may have been a village in a given area.

First, if you came upon an area where the ground had a lot of flint rock lying around, that was a good place to start. If it had flint rock and old broken pottery, you have definitely found a village. Upon careful observation one could find arrowheads, spear heads, corn pounders and a variety of scrapers. Generally, a short distance from a village was a burial ground. Many tribes didn’t bury their dead. They propped them up on an elevated device above ground. But in our area, they buried their dead underground in a mound.

Get the Story:
Fred Krause: These days, Indian relics are hard to find (The Ottawa Times 7/10)

Related Stories:
Mary Pember: Federal raids slow black market of Indian artifacts (7/8)

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