Arrowheads and Indian artifacts will be identified, displayed, bought, sold and traded at the 18th annual Jonesboro Arrowhead Show on Saturday at the Jonesboro Community Center.
Show organizer Rusty Lilljedahl is a recognized expert in the early-man artifact field, said Shannon Graham, founder of Arrowheadology.com, the leading website dedicated to the study of Native American stone points.
“Rusty has one of the best collections in the state,” Graham said in a phone interview from his home in Dripping Springs. “He is extremely knowledgeable and can identify and verify an artifact’s authenticity.”
The family friendly event begins at 8 a.m., and breakfast and lunch may be purchased on-site, Lilljedahl said.
“We’ll have 23 8-foot tables,” he said, “with a mix of vendors and displays. Ninety percent will be Indian artifacts — from grinding bowls to hundreds of arrowheads, and the vast majority will be from Central Texas.”
The event attracts enthusiasts from all over the state, with varying experience levels, Lilljedahl said.
“Some are new to the hobby, and they’ll bring in an arrowhead from a plowed field. Others have done some surface hunting, and we can document the point type for them. It’s also important to know the age and authenticity, since there are a lot of modern-day flint knappers flaking arrowheads that can appear ancient to a novice.”
The proceeds from admission go to the Sure Shots Archery Club, a 4-H organization in Jonesboro and Gatesville.