Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prehistoric Panorama Ancient Indian Artifact Show Here

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prehistoric Panorama Ancient Indian Artifact Show Here

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People who love prehistoric artifacts trekked this past weekend to the Ancient Indian Artifact Show at the Stegton Regency Banquet Center in St. Charles.

The Greater St. Louis Archeology Society set up 80 eight-foot tables spread with 10,000 artifacts. Most of the artifacts, displayed by 70 exhibitors, were seen through glass-covered display cases, but some could be touched.

The items ran the gamut of type and age:

One-inch-long bird points, what archaeologists call arrowheads.

Two- to six-inch spear points.

Knife blades the same length but thinner and finer.

One- to three-inch plummets, which probably were used for hunting waterfowl.

Decorative gorgets, small square-cut stones with holes bored through their centers and worn as necklaces.

About 400 enthusiasts were at the six-hour show, including Tim Schaeffer, 13, of Kirkwood, who "gave up a camping trip with some friends to come and look at the artifacts."

Tim, who came with his mother, Carolyn Schaeffer, also an enthusiast, roamed the maze of tables and said that "seeing all this is like a dream come true; I hope to have a collection like this some day."

Tim added, "I never expected to see anything like this; this is really neat."

Most of the 70 exhibitors are members of the society in St. Louis. Others came from the 12 states spanned by the Central States Archeology Society.

Show chairman Hal Davies of Weldon Spring, who also is secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis society, said his duties as chairman of the event had kept him from displaying his own collection. But he eagerly told of a recent "bonanza, 111 ancient artifacts I bought from a lady in St. Louis County, whose family has lived on the same farm since 1906 and has made some magnificent finds."

Finding artifacts is relatively common in the Missouri River bottoms, he says.

"Rivers were the ancient Indians' highways, and though there may not have been a lot of people on the various sites at any given time, small groups occupied the areas for 10,000 years or more," said Davies. …

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