How to Find Arrowheads in Nevada

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Searching for arrowheads in Nevada can prove challenging but rewarding.
Searching for arrowheads in Nevada can prove challenging but rewarding. (Image: indian arrowhead image by Jim Mills from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Various tribes of native Americans once inhabited the lands that now make up the state of Nevada. Thus, Nevada has many sites where artifacts once belonging to these people still rest undisturbed, including arrowheads. If you want to find arrowheads in Nevada, you must first find out what areas will likely yield success.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Sieve

Go to your local library and research the various tribes of Native American Indians that have lived in Nevada. Pinpoint the locations of these tribes to the furthest extent possible through books and online research. If you’re unsure how to start your search, ask a librarian to point you in the right direction.

Select the area in which you want to search for arrowheads. While arrowheads may be found in many spots throughout Nevada, consider things such as how far from a city you want to be while searching for arrowheads and how far into the desert you are willing to travel.

Call local authorities to make sure that collecting artifacts from your chosen location is allowed, as some county or city governments may forbid this. If the area is privately owned, make sure to get the owner’s permission.

Determine the best time to conduct your search. Nevada’s deserts can become unbearable hot, particularly during the summer months, so keep weather in mind when deciding when to go. Also, if you plan on searching for arrowheads in a creek or other body of water, you may want to go during the time of the year when the water levels are at their lowest.

Visit your chosen spot for searching out arrowheads. The type of terrain will dictate the tools you use to help you find arrowheads. For instance, if searching by a creek or rocky terrain, a shovel may come in handy. If searching sand, a rake may be best for uncovering hidden arrowheads. A sieve can be used to sift sand or soil.

Use your shovel or rake to move around sand or soil. Do this carefully and keep a sharp eye on the ground, as arrowheads can be easy to miss among other debris. Be patient. It may take many hours and even days before your search yields results.

Once you find an arrowhead, determine what kind of arrowhead you’ve found. Go to the Projectile Points website and find arrowheads that resemble yours for information about it (see Resources).

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