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Belton collector finds arrowheads in Bell County

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Arrowhead collector, Joshua Lunde, shows the translucency of an arrowhead at his home on Monday afternoon.


Belton resident Joshua Lunde, 26, found his first arrowhead when he was 8 years old and has found hundreds in Bell County since then.

“I like arrowheads because it connects us to our history,” Lunde said. “Arrowheads were used for hunting and to survive. Our ancestors lived day-to-day, trying to survive and this is part of how they did it.”

While he won’t give the exact locations of his favorite digging sites, he said arrowheads are all over and some might even be in your own backyard.

“Look for a water source, then high ground and a gentle slope to the water,” Lunde said. “That’s the best place, where the middle ground is, but you can find them anywhere.”

In a favorite spot near Salado, Lunde’s digging partner, Brad Walker of Belton, found an almost translucent scriber, a sharply pointed tool used for marking lines, that when held to the light shows the inner parts of the rock.

“I like the history of the arrowheads,” Walker said. “These were daily tools for them, like forks and knives are for us, and to most people these just look like rocks. But to me, they could be anything to the people who used them.”

At 4 years old, Lunde’s daughter, Kaleigh, is getting an earlier start than her dad in arrowhead hunting and has proven to be a quick learner. He said she is good at finding the nicer pieces.

“I like to help,” she said.

Lunde said the trick to finding arrowheads and not breaking them is to search side to side.

“I built a special pick to do that. Don’t go straight down because the arrowheads lay sideways,” he said.

In addition to arrowheads, Lunde also collects paint rocks, which were used to paint bodies and animals when wet, scrapers, scribers, atlatl — weights that helped spears go farther when thrown, and a variety of bones and pottery pieces. He displays his collection every year the first weekend in June at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple.

“Billed as the largest in North America with over $1 million dollars worth of artifacts on display, the Lone Star State Archaeological Society Show brings collectors from across North America,” Lunde said.

Lunde’s collection now has its own fan base. Having sold several pieces already, he still has several sought-after pieces in his collection. He hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and one day use his collection to benefit his family.

“My dad sold his collection and bought this house we are in now,” Lunde said.

Herald/ Kathryn Leisinger

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Arrowhead collector, Joshua Lunde, shows the translucency of an arrowhead at his home on Monday afternoon.