Donated arrowheads could help write NC history
Posted June 9, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — At a table in the State Archaeology Lab in Raleigh, Jim Oshnock is looking over some of his life's work.
The Garner man and his brother have donated bags full of arrowheads that they spent 28 years digging up and collecting in southern Wake and northern Harnett counties. Some of the artifacts date back 12,000 years and can assist archaeologists in tracking down the state’s unwritten history.
What is unique about the collection is the record-keeping they did on each item they found.
“We cataloged them, we recorded all the sites,” Oshnock said.
State archaeologist Steve Claggett said the precise record-keeping is what makes the artifacts more valuable.
“That helps us as archaeologists understand more about pre-history and history, particularly the unwritten portion of North Carolina history,” he said.
Oshnock volunteers his time to help scientists in the lab organize the artifacts. He hopes the donation will be a gift that gives for generations to come and help fill in the gaps about the history of the Triangle area.