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Pike Co. Arkansas Cache

By Charles Wagers, Steve Vaughn, Larry Merriam & Chris Merriam

These were discovered by a road crew with a bulldozer on March 10th, 1936 (The tag on the middle blade says April 21) near Murfreesboro in Pike County, Arkansas.
Lear Howell purchased them and from there they were dispersed among many well known dealers and collectors.
Dr. Robert Bell photographed a group of 17 blades (Some stories say there were 18).
Most of the pieces were damaged, some are restored. So far 12 have been identified, the remaining 5 blades have yet to be discovered...
Join us in the hunt, maybe you can find some of the missing blades!

For more information about our "History Detectives" Mystery...

We have written three articles on this cache over the years. I am putting each on a seperate page below

First article, published in the Central State Archaeological Journal Vol. 55, No.4, October 2008

Major update published in C.S.A.J. Vol. 63, No. 2, April 2016

Current revision published in Prehistory American, Vol. LI, No. 3 2017

Click on the Photo to see Enlargements

Here is the original photo from the 30's taken by Dr. Bell

Here I have overlaid the photos of ones we have found.

 

These are the five blades we have yet to find.

1-SV#2150 13 1/2" x 2 7/8"

2-Lynch catalog # 49, Wagers # 12,531, dimensions 13 1/4" long x 3"

3-Lynch Cat. # 63, Wagers # 12,533, dimensions 14 1/4" x 3 1/4"

4-Lynch Cat. # 154, Wagers # 12,532 Dimensions 11 1/4" x 3 1/4"

5-SV#2177 12 3/4" x 2 3/4"

6-Lynch 61, Beutell F3130, SV#1168 13 1/4" X 3"

7-Lynch 47, Beutell F3129, SV#1169 13 1/2" X 3 1/8"

8-T447 & SV# 1156 11 5/8" X 2 3/4"

9-T448 & SV# 1155 12 1/4" X 2 3/4"

10-SV#2103 10 1/8" x 2 1/2

11-T449 & SV# 981 13 1/4" X 3"

15-Gilcrease Museum, length 14"

Accession number 61.1581
marked 6125.1581

Link to page on
Gilcrease museum website

The tag reads

Ark. Pike Co
Near Murfreesboro
April 21, 1936.
Cache of 18.

 

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