How Deep Are Arrowheads Buried? A Guide to Finding Arrowheads

Raise your hand if you want answers to the following questions:

  • How deep are arrowheads buried?
  • Are arrowheads really worth anything?
  • Where should I search for arrowheads?

If your hand is raised, then this blog post will answer all your questions. We will thoroughly discuss what arrowheads are, how deep they are buried, where you should search for them, and more!

The Basics Of Arrowheads

What Are Arrowheads?

An arrowhead is a piece of flaked stone that was used as the tip of an arrow. These stones have been found all over the world, with their use dating back to prehistoric times.

They were first created by early men in China around 30,000 years ago. Over time and through trial and error, humans learned how to make sharper and sharper arrowheads.

Today, arrowheads are considered to be a part of the archaeological record and they can provide researchers with valuable information about how early man lived.

They also have significant value as collectibles or works of art for many people around the world.

What Are Arrowheads Made of?

Most arrowheads are made of flint, chert, or obsidian. These three types of stone were easily accessible during prehistoric times and could be chipped to form a sharp edge with ease.

The quality of arrowheads made from flint, chert, or obsidian was dependent upon how the stone was chipped and how well it maintained an edge over time. 

That being said, flint was generally considered to be the best material for making arrowheads because it can hold an extremely sharp cutting edge while also being able to withstand impact without breaking. That’s why hunters and gatherers would travel long distances to find it.

Is It Hard to Find Arrowheads?

Finding an arrowhead is typically very easy, especially if you know how to look for them. Some people even find their first one within just a few minutes of searching!

That being said, it usually takes time and patience to become proficient at finding the perfect spot for looking for artifacts. So don’t expect too much too soon or get discouraged when you don’t find anything at your first location.

However, knowing how to look for arrowheads can make all the difference in the world! So the upcoming questions will aim to help you with that.

How Deep Are Arrowheads Buried?

Arrowheads can be buried anywhere from a few inches deep to hundreds of feet below ground. This depends on how and where the arrowhead was used, how it broke or chipped over time, and how long ago it was last used.

That being said, the vast majority of arrowheads found are on the surface or close to the surface. It’s quite rare for someone to find one buried deep beneath the surface. So the typical depth is shallow. 

How to Find Arrowoods

Where Is the Best Place to Find Arrowheads?

Finding arrowheads can be done anywhere there is dirt. You don’t need to look in special locations that are popular among artifact hunters. When looking for arrowheads, all you need to do is to:

  • Look for places with exposed soil on the surface.
  • Look for artifacts that have been chipped or broken in half by natural forces, such as strong winds or running water over time.
  • Dig only a few inches down to find arrowheads. There’s absolutely no need to go deeper than that.

How to Find Arrowheads In the Woods?

To find arrowheads in the woods, you need to look at areas where there are exposed patches of dirt.

You can do this by looking for stones or gravel that have been scraped away over time by animals or humans passing through the area. You can also look for patches of dirt that have been moved around where animals might be digging in search of food, insects, rodents, etc.

Can I Look for Arrowheads In Swamps, Marshes, and Bogs?

Yes, you can also look for arrowheads in swamps, marshes, and bogs because these areas are typically covered in thick vegetation that gets flooded during rainy seasons.

What that means is the soil is frequently churned up by rushing water from storms or hunters searching for food when hunting season begins each year. As a result of how common it is for the soil to be churned up in these environments, it’s very easy to find arrowheads there.

But in a swamp, marsh, or bog, how do you know whether a particular area is a good spot?

We have a simple trick for that. Just look for areas where small animals like squirrels hide or search for food. These places are typically covered in fallen leaves and the surrounding soil is often removed in order to create a makeshift home. These areas are typically filled with arrowheads and you can typically find one within just a few minutes of searching.

Can You Find Arrowheads With a Metal Detector?

Yes, you can find arrowheads with a metal detector. This is actually how the vast majority of people end up finding their first one! 

However, we don’t recommend using a metal detector to look for arrowheads unless it’s specifically designed to detect them. Why? Well,  because most standard detectors are not able to locate arrowheads below ground very well. You need a special arrowhead very in order to detect them below ground, and this type of detector is expensive compared to standard detectors that only locate metallic objects above the surface.

Although if you find an experienced artifact hunter who has access to a metal detector designed for detecting artifacts underground at low frequencies, your chances of finding arrowheads will skyrocket!

The Worth of Arrowheads

Are Real Arrowheads Worth Anything?

Yes, real arrowheads are worth something.

Although sometimes they’re not very valuable, they can usually be sold for $20 apiece.

But if you happen to find one of the few rare ones that were used by Indians in ancient tribes or early settlers who lived on your land way back when it was first being developed into a farm or settlement, then you might be able to sell them for up to $20,000!

How Can You Tell How Old An Arrowhead Is?

You can tell how old an arrowhead is by how it’s shaped.

The older arrowheads are typically smaller, more fragile, and have very sharp points that were designed to pierce through the tough hide on animals like buffalo or deer. These types of arrowheads date back around 12,000 years ago — the Archaic period — when tribes first started hunting for food. 

The more recent arrowheads, on the other hand, are typically much larger and were designed to create a much deeper wound in order to kill an animal faster.

These types of arrowheads date back to the 1700s. That’s when early colonists started living on lands that Native Americans had already been using for centuries before them, which is how they ended up getting their hands on Indian arrowheads from thousands of years before them.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, arrowheads are usually not buried too deep. They are either right on the surface or a couple of feet below it.

So should you look for arrowheads?

Well, that depends. Do you want to go on an adventure looking for ancient artifacts that you can either collect or sell for a good chunk of cash? If that sounds like something you will have fun doing, then you should definitely look for arrowheads. At worst, you will find a couple — as long as you follow the advice shared in this post — and who knows, maybe you will even find one worth thousands of dollars!


  • Nathan Collins

    Having spent years working in the landscaping industry, Nathan Collins has cultivated a wealth of knowledge about the natural world. He is committed to helping others appreciate the beauty in their backyards, whether it's through identifying rare rocks and minerals or crafting the perfect landscape.

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