Ask the Experts

Our Experts, who have volunteered to share their time and information, include researchers, university professors, AIA Board members, ancient art historians, field archaeologists, museum specialists, architectural historians, and more – all with specialized knowledge of specific ancient cultures and subjects.

We have created a catalogue of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). In the FAQ section are answers to some of the questions archaeologists are most often asked, arranged by topic. If you want to know the meaning of a particular archaeological term, please check our online Glossary.

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Please Note: As a rule, the AIA does not comment on artifacts that are not from excavated contexts. We cannot respond to those type of questions here or by email. Thank you.


Good day. I have recently stumbled upon an old knife in the St. John's river, I can't figure out what or where it may be from, it's not a pocket knife, is there someone I can send a picture to to help with identification?

I have property in St. Clair county Michigan, I was disking a field and churned up a strange looking rock. It's obviously been chipped into the shape of an spear or axe but does not look like any pictures of spearheads or axes I have found. Perhaps it was not completed.

It's eight inches long and four inches at it's widest point, shaped more like an arrowhead but it's way to large for use as an arrowhead.

But here is what's really intriguing, there appears to be engravings on it, I see a horse with a rider, a bird, a person with something on his/her back and other images I can't make out.

Maybe it's nothing, but can you advise?

I found a foot rock and have had it about 50 yrs, wondering if I could sent pictures

hello I found a rock that looks like it could be a possible fossil of a piranha or at some type of ancient fish! Can someone tell me how I can get it look up possibly who to send some pictures too or if it's even a fossil at all?

On my first day ever hunting for artifacts at a recently opened state park i found lots of interesting pieces. The main interest though is a permineralization fossil of a bird the size of a penny. I have a few quality detailed pictures i would love to share in order to find out more on this artifact.

I found this round Rock with marble size rock made into it what could it be

I have inherited an artifact.  We were told that it is a digging stone from Lybia.  It was given to my relative in Lybia in 1968.  The stone is shaped like a tear drop and its about 6 in. long and 4 in.

since I can not post the photos on here message me for them, really dying to know if they are man made because if so a new possible discovery of historical importance could be under the ground by my home in Washington State. Would love to hear from experts on pre-colonial hand sized rock drawings.... all stained black onto grey rocks and the edge of the stain is raised up with the original host rock... seriously look like someone drew them and raised the ridge intentionally.... and not any time recently...

Dominic, I am not an archaeologist, but I have been finding similar to what you have described.. I would be happy to share photos of my finds and tell you what I have learned in regards to this- first off, i have found in my experience of trying to obtain information, the rocks I have are  not widely accepted- yet I do have some examples that bear strong evidence of being altered and they also bear witness to their cultural belief and practices.

My name is Elvis. I am currently 24. I just wanted to ask: what is the stepping stone to becoming an archeologist. what schools are affordable for someone like myself who doesn't make a lot. I did get my HS diploma and i got a starter hvac (international) license. but that's not what i wanted to do. i wanted to be either an english teacher or archeologists. i feel like i have to make that move in my life to pursue that but i dont know who what why or how. i'll highly appreciate a response as soon as possible :) thanks for reading.

I found a rock that looks to be a human heart. How can I send photos to someone who can tell me if it is?

how do i send you a picture

Here in Mississippi I have found a ton of Native American stone tools. Today I found my first full grooved axe head. I’m trying to find out if this thing was a ceremonial piece or just a rarity. I’ve looked all over the internet and YouTube but can’t find an example of grooved axe anywhere near this size. It weighs about 40 pounds, it’s 17 inches long and I believe it’s made from hard greenstone. I’m 6’2 and weigh about 180 pounds, depending on what I ate for breakfast, I cannot imagine the weight of this axe with a wooden handle fixed to it. 

I found a skull, small.  It has sharp points on the top?  Im in NC . Could I send a pic and someone help me identify?  I've searched the internet with no answers.

I have inherited a very large rock of sorts. It is very hard and very heavy. About 1.5 feet tall, 1 foot deep and 2 feet wide. My uncle kept it for years but never told me where or how he got it. I live in South Dakota but I can't say for sure that's where it came from. It has a few large lines thru it but is very clear (able to read a newspaper thru it). It's edges are very sharp. I'd say it's around 200 pounds but I've never had it weighed. The bottom of it appears to look "bubbled". I have had it for a few years now and am desperate to identify it. I know it's not the best photo and I can send more. I would really appreciate any information you could give. Thank you.


I look forward to hearing from you,



I have a very old myan pipe that i would like some info on

What are the most common things that you find at sites? Like, are there a lot of random things that somehow got lost among the artifacts?

I have a stone (several) that make reference to them I’ve found on line and would like to share some pictures to show...

I found 3 pieces of apple sized material in a crop field. It looks like a bluish water colored glass with cratered rock formations on some sides.

Hello.  I was wading in a creek and found a bone (I think) with a hole in it.  It looks like a pendant.  Can I send a photo?

I bought some rocks from an auction last week and all the rocks were identified on what country they were from except two.  I know they are from some part of Asia or Europe.  All the other rocks on they tray were from Afghanistan,  Vietnam and Morrocco.  I am doing a rock colection form my 10 year old grandson and I would love to put  the correct country where they are from.

Brass sculpture has been in family for over 120 years. Prehistoric Indian from what ive researched. No one can tell me what it is. When you take pic with camera flash on. You see numbers letters. Pics explains befinning of creation till end of time. Somewhat scary. . no one can figure out what it is. Also looks like jewery gems gold are inside. Greek with names in gold. E3. 5. 2048. 02/55/9. Thats all i can pic uo on. Also Z A J. Pleaae help. Thank you

A giant sea horse and a wooly mammoth and some kind of huge fish. Teeth and a giant cat. I think it might be a,trex breeding ground. But not sure . What is the next step I should take?

Have found what looks like fossilised excrement, lots of nuggets found. Is there anyone who I can take these to who can verifty this or not? I can send a photo in the first instance?

How do I go about finding out if my fossil is woth anything? Where can I send pictures of it?

Hi av found a rock in my garden dug it up it has clear christals inside i can not open rock as it is solid a need help identifing it or see if its worth anything please help 

need to know who i can talk to about something that looks like a rook with something that looks like a footprint on it

Last night I was digging into the garden rather deep, and I came across a rock that was flat. I didn’t want to toss it to the side because it had an interesting shape to it. Well, I cleaned it off with the hose and it seems to be a foot print of some sort with veins. It looks like there is remains of blood cells maybe. I’m not sure what to do. I would love to see what this might be. I’m not sure who it bring it to. If you have any insight or can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you.

I found a brown hard shell rock with a semi-hard clay interior.

What do you think

I have been going to a creek with lots of mineral deposits it is so rich in minerals u can see silver and gold  flakes on everything I have found two arrow heads one is red and white colored one is black the metal object is shaped sorda like an arrow head but it is silver colored and u can see stone inside is this a possible artifact or weapon I can send photos. 

I have a tooth that I can't identify or even if its a tooth its from the river I live in sorel Tracy Quebec Canada and I found it while fishing can you get back to me an I'll be happy to attach photos there's flesh on the bone still thanks tasha 

Found an odd piece of obsidian with what appears to be stick figure type drawing

a couple years ago i found a creek stone, about as big as a softball.. it is verry smooth but had a curious hole in the side which has wood in it! it doesnt appear to have been chisled out,, rather it appears the rock grew around the wood.. the wood doesnt appear to be petrified,, you can feel it, its still wood, and over the last couple years its starting to dry out and shrink a little..ant thoughts? i think i might wet the wood so it doesnt decompose too much

I was digging a whole in my backyard and found a bag burried deep, i opened it found some rocks that look like quartz. I need help identifying them, the fact that they were burried so deep makes me wonder therr value!

A few years ago i found a piece of metal shaped like a fish and when i magnify it, i see hundreds of faces all over it that you cannot see with the naked eye. It was found  buried in the shoreline of shasta lake near the mccloud arm, near lakehead, ca.

 Down stone or clay artifact under  over 100 year old pine tree in the ground under the roots at least 6 feet in the ground can you suggest where we can have it researched to see what it is

Found rock with interesting figure on it want to know if it is something worth looking into would like to send phito

I Found A Very Old Goat carved out of stone in the woods behind my house before the cornfield and I contacted in archaeologists and he said according to the base to Goat stands on it could be around a hundred years old but he's not sure and I did some research and it said the Indians made him anywhere around lakes rivers or cornfields and I have all that can anybody tell me about this stoned goat and you can tell it's very old because of the watermarks and a little bit of damage to the nose but the horns there the Tails there the bodies there and PS I have roamed these Woods for 18 years and this was sitting along the side of the path and it must have come up from the constant rain

I have a large collection of arrowheads and one of them is a clear purple colored point that I’m not sure what it’s made of or it’s value. I have a huge selection of them around this country.


Just a suggestion- this point might be made from glass. Ive seen them crafted from thicker pieces of glass, especially square whiskey bottles.  As glass ages and if its exposed to sunlight, especially over a hundred years, it takes on a purple hue. just a thought.

so,under my stairway in the backyard theres a whole bunch of rocks,i was looking around under there and saw this weird looking thingy and grabbed it,it looked like a tooth like it was like thee tip of a unicorn horn thingy ,i found another one,it was like a cup with bumpes around it,idk what it is,From,Olivial

Before I describe the item further I’d like to explain where it was found. As a kid I really wanted to be an archaeologist so I would dig in our backyard all the time, I’d find arrowheads all the time. I’m from Upstate NY and the land in which this was found on was farmland. It was buried pretty deep more then a foot and found near the tree line where farmers would dump their junk sometimes. So the item in question is a solid flat lead square about 3/4 of an inch thick with slightly rounded edges. The square itself is about 4”x4.5” with two slits about 1/2” in from both sides elongated. The slits go through entirely and at first glance the piece looks like it could have been a belt buckle. Years ago I brought the item to a historian and she said she doubts it was a belt buckle because it would be too heavy being that it’s solid lead. At one point I thought maybe it could be a counterweight but it’s just not large enough. I know this is a long shot but I’ve had it for almost 25yrs and I just gotta know what it is.


My family found 4 items on their land in California and we are wanting to see if we can get a tribe affiliation identified and/or a general historical identification of the following items;

- Large mortar and pestle set, stone ware

- Possibly Spanish horse bridle decoration circa 1500s-1600s

- 7 inch, intact, obsidian spear head

Please send a private message for fruther communication and I will gladly provide pictures.

Kindest regards,


My friend found 2 x stone heads in a river in Virginia roughly 14 years ago. They look like Native Indian scultpures but we are not to sure. The heads are quite warn, if you get in touch i can send you some pictures. 

Thank You

Honourable Sir/Madam,

I have an artifacts looks like goddess of fertility.

Made of stone. I want to gather more information about it.

I shall be very thankful if you guide me.

Thank you

<p>I bought a jade figurine from a gent who told me it was part of a discovery found near or on an Air Force base. It is about 3 inches long and has a hole in it (to hang?). It is a humanoid form. Would love to send a photo. I just really want to know if it&rsquo;s as old as he said (3500 BC). Thanks</p>

I have a heavy boulder approx: 70 lbs. most definitely over 50 lbs, and approx: 1.5 ft tall. Kept as a family treasure, but it has never been investigated, and I would like to know what it truly is. 

My son found a barbed tooth under an eagles nest in Wisconsin and we can't find out what it is from. I can send a picture.


Curious about the origin of the carved stone found. Can’t find an option to upload a photo. It’s light green in color, maybe 8” long. The entire stone is shaped almost like a paddle, but made to be a bird. It looks Native American to me, but I don’t know what it would be for. It has a hole through it as if meant to be strung on rope. 

Hello I found a strange piece of what looks like white ceramic on one side, grey on the other side. Has a date stamped into it "JAN 6 1965"  doesn't look like typical ceramic as it has some type of silver fibers in the material. About 6"x4" piece not quite flat. Thankswas found on Charlestown beach, Rhode island (east coast usa) please help

Along the shore of the Canadian side of lake Erie,  near Port Colburne, Ontario, I found a a small rock. It' about the size of a nickel. On the rock is a raised,  black outline of a hand. Any thoughts? Would like to send a picture. 

There are FIVE (i believe!) in one town in Massachusetts!!! Would love to see pics of yours. I can show you the ones I know of!!

I found it in gravel switch, Kentucky. In the creek . It has a notch in one side  looks like it was carved in the rock and the rock is shaped perfect for a tomahawk 


The Maize God, King Pakal of Palenque
I am wondering if you can help me in identifying an artefact that I have in my possession.
I bought this item in a second hand shop (we call them op-shops) here in Melbourne Australia.  I do believe that the item either originated from Central or South America.  I’m not sure if it is an original item or may well be a replica but either way I would like to know of its origins, any details that you could shed on the item please.

Found this unusual ROCK. Took it home and was washing my findingswheni 

Noticed this looked like a head. Upon further investigating

It looked more n more like a animal that had its throat cut

And I think y'all should havealook


found rocks in a cave in mexico, seems like they were once used for neckless,diferent colors, sizes , where should i bring to check value? 

My husband found this shell like thing and fossilized rib cage sticking up from the bottom of creek roughly 20 ft deep. He was hiking the creek when it wasn’t at such an incline as he kept going forward the creek get deeper like a small canyon. This was roughly ten years ago and I can’t seem to add pictures here. I’m hoping to convince him to go again to confirm it’s still there but it’s mostly farm land surrounding the creek and lots of poison oak. This is located in arroyo grande valley of California in the arroyo grande creek bed. We don’t want anything out of this we just want someone to know it’s there and maybe have a new discovery for California. The shell is hollow and very thick the top had broken way and fell to the bottom and fossilized to it. The shell is fossilized or stuck connected to the earth somehow there next to it lays what looks like a rib cage sticky up from the ground but rock looking between the cage. Both are covered in moss and surround by poison oak. I’ve emailed a few people and showed the photos to another local who is a local former archeo monitor who concurred that I should reach out to whom ever may listen. Thank you! 

Hey I found this ring looks to be vintage 

He apppears to be the color green he has a broken arm and one hand resting on his chest i dont know what to do with this and i have not found anything about it after re search what should i do?

hi. This sounds to me like a common statue of Saint Francis of Asissi, the patron Saint of animals snd protector of animals.  I have one as well as do many animal and wildlife enthusiasts. It is a very common statue found in most garden centers and concrete statue stores or many homegood stores. Even walmart n home depot n lowes usually carry it and he always is holding a little bird and often at his feet will be a rabbit or squirrel. . Thats still neat u found it. U can always put it somewhere in garden or leave in ground if too fragile to remain intact but please dont throw away. Hope this was of some help. :) 

Bought these at from a clenaout specialist in Maryland a few years ago. Anyone guess anything about them. Surface texture suggests wear since the time they were carved.

how do i submit a pic of rock for identification

The AIA does not comment on artifacts (or images of artifacts) that are not from excavated contexts. You might try checking with a local museum or historical society.

Maybe this isn't the right place for this.

We know Neanderthals existed and there were quite a few of them as their remains are scattered over Europe and Asia.

With the likelihood there were a great number of Neanderthals, but only a relative few that left Africa, I am curious about the Neanderthals that didn't immigrate.

Where in Africa did they originate? Are there archeological remains in Africa? With all the cross breeding during the early process of species formation, why wouldn't at least that DNA show up in modern Africans?

Information on the internet says Neanderthals were documented in Europe from about 400,000 years ago to around 40,000 years ago with a number of archeological remains spanning that time.

Modern man has been documented in Europe for at least 30,000 years and earlier-later to allow overlap with Neanderthals. Modern man does not resemble his 30,000 year old ancestor and was in the process of creating subspecies during this "short" time.

400,000 years! Was there evidence of significant evolution for Neanderthals during this time? Not just in one area but from say China or Russia compared to Europe?

I have collected a vast variety of fossils from all across the US (OR to NY).

I have one been able to ID Atrypa Reticularis fossils, which I have over 25 of.. I am unsure of whether to remove them from the matrix... or leave as is... and who would they be of interest to?

I also have tons of unidentified gemstones, and rocks, which could possibly be pretty substantial.

I understand all the basics of rock and fossil ID'ing, but am not one by trade. I would love for someone to come take a trip to my home and have a look! You will NOT regret it. Thanks!


We recently moved into an old house in Chicago. The home was built in 1908. While trimming g some ivy from our garage we noticed there was beautiful terra-cotta detail along the brick. We kept trimming and realized it lead to a beautiful bust of what appears to be a king. Happy to send pictures to help identify who the bust is of. There is also some amazing terra-cotta inside the garage brick wall. 

Hi I had found a black rock witch is out of place on daytona Beach

And hadnt found anything on the internet yet and was just curious if I could send a photo of this

without a picture i cant tell gor sure but i know whwn i vacation annually further south on the East coast of Florida near Palm beach countyblack tar is sometimes a problen and there will be black rock looking clumps of it sometimes with tiny gravel sand or pebbles in it. It can be a nuisance as it can get on your skin and be hard to remove. Not sure if this is what your black rock is without seeing  picture of it tho. 

Recently I was swimming at Donner Lake, Ca. with my granddaughter. We were swimming from rock to rock and landed on one that was underwater, but close to the surface. We both were amazed to see different carvings of animal like figures. One looked like a bird with an open mouth with wings and a fish tail. The day before we had viewed some petroglyphs in the area from the Martin (?) era (500 AD), but these we saw in the water were unlike the petroglyphs which seemed more rudimentary. Do you think we discovered something relevant?

We were trying to identify a partial animal skeleton we found on the beach in Florida. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to upload a photo here or not. Let me know if there is a place to upload a photo. Thanks

It’s heavy. Covered in detioration and black rust. Made from bronze hand sculpted I’m assuming. No names or marking on it. Located in Colorado.

Hello, a few days ago I was swiming at a beach in Southern California called Malibu. As I was swiming I was also searching for cool rocks. I was pleasantly surprised when I found one that looks like it was carved. I have a feeling that it might be really old, and think it might be related to the indigenous people who lived in that area before. I see a figure a woman, please let me know if this is something important thank you!! 

Found an old piece of rock with hieroglyphics on them and I am curious to know the authenticity of them.

several years ago while building Wolf Lodge in the Poconos they uncovered an Indian reservation. I’ve never been able to find out any information on it, I’d like more information if you have it.


Hello, I'm Leah. My father recently passed in April, and in going through his things I found this beautiful, world 3" black arrowhead. My father was 8 days short of his 85th bday. He was a lifelong collector: coins, fossils, rocks, bottles, you name it! I just have no way of knowing if it's real or not. Also I found a fossilized camel's tooth? There is fossilized dinosaur poop even! And Petrified wood. There are rounded hand tools and  more! How do I get them authenticatid.

so I found a thing on the river that’s unidentifiable.. it’s about 3 inches long, a 1/4 inch thick and is perfectly rounded in a cylinder form as a small pencil that’s perfectly rounded on both ends. It’s made of stone from what we can tell... i cantake a picture of it and send it in to show someone but I can’t figure out how to do it in this ...please respond and I can send a. Pic via email...thank you so much

Found a small 3-4 inch metal object in my garden. Looks as though it could be a tool or small weapon. I would love to attach a picture to show you, how do I go about doing so? 

My husband found a box with the an ancient statue, bowls, and bird statue. Would like to know if they are from a tribe? When I saw these items I immediately thought they belong in a museum. How can I attached the photos for the items? 

I found an black egg shaped Rock coming out of Side of the Mountain just like the ones in China out of the egg-laying Mountain identical

Need to send you a picture of arrowhead

Took a trip to visit family in Massachusetts we went to scussett beach by the cape and my daughter picked up a rock because she said it looks like a giant sharks tooth and wanted to keep it... now thinking about it... it is kind of a perfectly shaped triangle what do you guys think? 

We found a petrified foot in a thin leather looking material.

You can see the shape of the toes and part of leathery tip has fell of revealing the toes.

Found in East Texas.

We need to find someone that can help identify the remains.

I would like to know how far back these stone head artifacts date til, that were found on my significant other's mother land in Tepic, Nyarit Mexico? He has had them since "1979." given to him by his mom, who still resides there til this given day.

I have found a mother load of effigies and Indian stone tools...who do I contact?

hi Nicole. Whet state and region/area did you find the indian tools as that would be useful to suggest who in what area or state would be able to assist you. 

How do I send pictures

I belong to a group of people interested in all things jade related. One of our members located an artifact which supposedly came from central Ca coast. Have there been other jade artifacts found in California? Was there a prehistoric cultural use for jade in California? Where can I get more information on this topic.There is a lot of jade in California but I have never heard about it's use by prehistoric people and would like more information on this topic. I hope you can give me some direction. Thank you very much.




The rock I found is shaped and sharp. It looks like a table rock arrowhead. But I'm no expert. How can I tell without taking it to someone

We recently inherited a possible Roman artifact from my in laws. Back in 1963, my in laws had just gotten married and were visiting my mother in law's family in Sicily. As a wedding gift, her family gave them a clay piece carved with a face roughly the size of a hand. Apparently the piece had been passed down for generations. My in laws claimed it was real and was thousands of years old. I know a lot of fakes, especially Roman, are out there. But I am interested to know if this truly is one or it is real. I don't think it would be worth much because my father in law broke it nearly in half years ago during moving and glued it back together. I am sure a sample would need to be collected to test. Where in the South (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida areas) can we take this to have it tested for authenticity?

It is a very large,  almost as big as my hand , half inch thick limestone oddly VERY symetrical for a coinsidental formation ,  Frio type atlatl dart point ... If you can explain to me how to post pictures of it here, you might find it amusing, if nothing else ! :)

Sorry ! Have pics, but don't know how to post here :( 


OK, so, my brother found this in the bed of the Dry Frio River ( 25ish miles north of Uvalde,Tx) about 5 yrs ago ... He thinks it was a , ( perhaps really young ) Indian novice , playing at making an arrow head, but my oldest brother disagrees and thinks it is just a coincidental formation out of honey comb rock .... Any thoughts about it here ?

i found a red stone with dove carved in it. It was found with a few arrowheads. I thought was a ruby shaped like a diamond. 

I was recently out hiking with the family when we came across a decent size Creek that cut through the forest and the kids and i skipping rocks across the creek when I stumbled upon a rock that was slightly bigger than an American quarter and almost perfectly circular. What might it be? It almost looks to perfect to have been done naturally, so it has been on my mind as to what it was since I discovered it. I would like to show a picture of it but I can't seem to find where I can do that on here. Thanks

Found this rock with a square carved out in the middle than a ring around the square. At the bottom they connect as if to drain something. My area is known for it's native American past. Have been finding many strange rocks on my farm with weird groves and almost strange writing.

I have a few rocks that are silver and platinum in color some even have a gold color in them.the rocks are  extremely shiny from the inside.what i need is for someone to identify what the rock are made of.i have no problems sending a sample to one of the team experts just need an address where to mail the sample to.


Archaeologists deal with human artifacts and remains- What you need is a Geologist (:

Someone local found a stone object in a sand bank in the Brandywine River in southeastern pa. Who would you recommend he take it to to find out if it is a tool or natural and how old it might be? 

Attached is a photo of an unusual rock formation we call FACE ROCK.  It is most likely "natural", however, depending on the light and weather, it has 7 distinct faces.  When it is covered in snow, Richard Nixon is clearly pictured.  This rock formation is in Colorado.  Any chance you have seen something similar?

It is white in colour and I want check does it real or what the stone worth.

I found what seems to be an ancient rock with a face carved on to it. I have pictures and would like more information on it if anyone can help me with that! Thank you. 

how common are boat stones in north west Georgia? 

Yes hi i was at a river today picking rocks and i found a tiny mushroom that is petrfied or something it is rock hard and looks like a mushroom i can send pictures. I really want to know whait is i have never seen anything like it. Thank you 

My daughter found this rock on the beach full of sparkly clear cluster.

ease advice if this is something that could be worth anything 


I have come across an acient egiption artifact. I believe this peice belons in museum

My girlfriend has a house in Coachella area and inbeded in the walls all around the house are different types of rocks. Unusual i thought but its been somewhat of becoming a problem. You see we have been noticing rocks being digged out of the wall. People actually coming and stealing the rocks. Who does that? Its gotten to the point were we had to put cameras up and a few times they've even went to the extreme and cut the power. We had police come out a fe times. So is there something of value that we just dont know or is it that bad of neighborhood and the people gone crazy do to the heat. Please help maybe guide us to someone whocan whocwho can help us out.

I have an ancient multi-tool found in Texas that is made out of rock, 5 1/4 inches long, 2 1/4 inches tall, and 1 1/4 thick at the palm grip.  It is biforcated on one end and chipped on the other for breaking.  It appears they were using it to cut, scrape, and break things with it.  All in one tool. But very very old. I would like to have it examined and would gladly let someone pick it up to see when and where it came from.

Grandma found this weird heavyish coin with greek writing in a local river canal. I’d love to send a photo and find out if it’s worth anything. 

I found this statue in Highland California. It looks to be carved out of sandstone. The statue looks like a monk holding some kind of bird. Found it digging up my back for a gardening project about 21 years ago

this is probably a statue of St. Francis

On June 22, I arrived at Sebastian Inlet for a weekend getaway. I decided to go to the ocean side of the island, north of a jetty; approximately 27.862°, -80.447°. 

I was scooping up shells with my hands when I noticed an interesting artifact among the rather common ocean debris.  I believe this object to be a piece of petrified wood.  What is interesting to me; it appears to have been part of a sunken ship!

I was on vaca in New Mexico.There was this rock with this face carved in it. I dont know if its new or old. But it is odd. 

Hi there, I have found a rock at the beach, it has heaps of small weird patterns on it. It also has a weird kinda goats looking eye on it. Can you please help me understand what it is?

My dad brought a stone from a lake, a stone that looks like a fish. Theres a tail, mouth that is a bird shape and a tail of a fish and an eye. Only 1 eye on 1 side. I can give pictures if you wany. I want to know if i can sell it or is it an artifact? 

​​​​​​​i would like to no about a fossil I found

I inherited a very large fossil along with many other smaller ones. Also a very large black volcanic glass which was carved into a beautiful piece. It is approximately 3 feet tall by 1.5 feet round. I would like to send you a picture of them but not sure how. I’d like to know if these pieces can be displayed outside. They have been indoors for many years. 

I have a rock that was given to me by my grand parent that may have been found at a rock quarry.  It is in the shape of a figure 8, fairly smooth but on one side of the half circle there appears to be a grove as if it was worked or possible used for grinding spices or minerals. Would like to send pictures to see if this has any history.

I have a pitcher it appears to be very old.  It appears to be made from a dirt or clay.  How can I find out how old it is or if it's of any value 

Approximately 2 feet tall--

i have a carved purple stone that my granmother dug up. its over a hunred years old. its a caved dog. she dug it up in oklahoma.  i have always wondered if it has anyvalue

Please help identify this specimen. Husband thinks it is a dinosaur egg it is about 5x4 and shaped like a turtle shell. Has small shiny particles like mica? 
Can't attach pictures

Who would be able to help me evaluate a small carved architectural piece from a German Archelogical dig in Leon, Nicaragua.  The piece is over 600 years old and has been in the family since I was two (1956). 

I love anything old and history. I pick up anything that looks old. I found this little lead figurine, about 20+ years ago. I thought it was a wax stamp, but instead of a seal, it looks like pizza slices. It is about an inch tall and resembles a genie. I don't know if it is old or even what it is. I have tried to research it, with no luck. There is no kind of writing on it.

I found something washed ashore from the gulf of mexico, near Galveston texas. That has been trouble to identify. Any and all information/knowledge is appreciated. Even extra ... the material is almost soft like lessonsdense then common wood etc.. but still dense.. extremely light weight.. nearly resembles the substance of a wine courk.. any insight? Thank you 

I found what appeared to be a foot print along the texas mexico border. I need help identifying if it is in fact .

Who would I contact to both verify and report a find . I have found several peaces of stone ground tools and art works I believe to be Palieo. Location of this find is approx. 1 hour south of St Louis Mo.

We have a farm in West Virginia that has what has been identified as 2- 3 acres of Adena Indian rock piles There is an on line video produced by a local newspaper you may access &nbsp;on You Tube by keying &ldquo;Weird West VIRginia Rock Piles&rdquo; now we have found a rock covered with what we have been told are turkeys track marks. Do you have any information on the Adena rock pile builders? And turkey tracks?

So today I was walking on the beach and I found something that looked like it was coral so I piked it up. When I got home I started to look at it and noticed that it looked like a jaw bone and there was one in grown tooth.

I have found what i think is an African mask, i found it hanging on a fence at a nearby bus stop. Its made out of wood. its about 3 ft tall. Its made out of wood. Its a narrow oval face, with white as the base and black painting for the eyes, nose, and head. It carved out holes for the pupils. I would like to know the culture and origin of this artifact 

Hi, I found an very, very smoothed over obsidian arrowhead (with point shape, and side notches) but with no knapping save the basic 'arrowhead' shape. It is not a piece of obsidian that was knapped down into a smaller piece, but instead is a very thin, flat 'section' of obsidian whose sharp edges, it seems, were utilized instead of further shaping. If this piece had been knapped any further it would have immediately broken, it's that thin. Does this make sense?? Thanks!

I live in Apalachin New York, just outside of Binghamton. Recently I have found 3 fossils just outside in the yard. I've always been interested and fascinated with the subject of archaeology. I never thought it would be so easy to find fossils just sitting outside especially so many one after another. They have shells on them and some ancient sea creatures I don't know much about them. Can you tell me how rare a find like this is. I appreciate any knowledge you can share. Thank you

In Tucson Arizona 

Hi so a couple of days ago I almost stepped on a baby rattlesnake. This was like 4 days ago I've been looking for rocks outside of the yard of the men's house that I stay in but ever since that day I can't get snakes out of my head and all of a sudden while I'm doing some rock searching I start seeing snakes I see nothing but snakeheads in rock formations. At first I'm thinking oh my God it's a real snake but then noticed it's a rock so I'm like it's a sign it's my spirit animal so I did my research n found shrines 

Also I painted some of the pictures to bring them out.

Who can you get to verify pre columbian Egyptian Rock Art?

I found dome and triangle shaped holes in an old room's wall. They are not windows because they are only opened from the inside. A soccer ball can fit in them but nothing really bigger and there is about 2 on each wall. Do these holes represent anything?


I have what i was told to be a very old japanese coin of some kind and i can't seem to get any help on what the marking's say and how old it is and of corse is it worth anything. please let me know who i can talk to or to send pictrues.

I found what look to be fossils of shells and perhaps coral. I will leave pictures below. Thank you in advance!


Trying to figure out what this is. It's about 6 inches tall, has five faces, and has a probing hole in the bottom, and no one knows where it came from.  It was saved from an old grocery store that was going to be torn down that my grandparents owned.  It sat on a shelf up top since my mother's childhood and she liked it and insisted it not be thrown out.  It has shell, or pearl in it, I assume, due to it's slight luster.  The only thing I've found similar to it was mayan, but i've never seen the same exact faces as what is on this.

I have inherited three sets of two pieces of what appears to be three different types of petrified wood. A couple of the pieces appear to have some type of red/auburn specles. From the research I have done, they might be three different kinds of wood; pine, juniper, and cypress. They were inherited from a man who was a leading paelentologist, geaneologist, and had degrees of MS, MA, and Doctor of Divinity, and affiliated with William Albright. I'm not sure where to have someone look at these, as there is other information surrounding these pieces that bring more questions and suspicions as to what they may be. I would greatly appreciate any information, leads, or more importantly some to look at these and discuss what they may be from. I apologize for having trouble pasting a picture here, but would be happy to forward them on. Thank you for your assistance. 


in my previous comment, i believe i said the stone tools that were found in Oklahoma, but was in formed it was in South America.


someone found this in 30meters of water 10km from Oaklahoma would like some input on what it might be.

While Arrowhead hunting when I get bored I pick up rocks throw them in a bag and in a month or two later I'll start looking at them I pick them iup by shape first or color. About a year ago I came across this rock and realize that it was some kind of a fossil some kind a reptile or bird that you can see an eye and nostril and teeth not sharp teeth.

I would appreciate any help in identifying this thank you.



While I'm out hunting arrowheads and get bored I'll pick up rocks because of their color or shape. And a month or two later I'll get them out and look at them and came across this rock I found in Fairfield County Ohio I've had it for a year now and I'm just curious as to what type of animal mammal reptile whatever it is if anybody could let me know or where else I could look I'd appreciate it

I found a rock and don’t know what it is it has a metal handle on it could you tell me anything about it 

This has been a mystery in our family for years and years, no one knows what it is or where it came from. I have done 100+ hours of research, posted on reddit, and emailed museums to no avail.  Can you guys please help me? Anything you could tell me about it would be very appreciated.

I recently found a 6 inch long 3 to 4 inch wide arrow head. Held in the light its see through. I think it's a spear. Flat smooth tail solid. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I have found a stone structure on the beach with artifacts such as bones. teeth. copper grape shot one arrowhead stone tools etc...I have plenty of pics but it is being washed away and is more and more exposed daily...I need help!

How do I download pictures of the rock I found that looks like the head of a reptiles still in its shell with  What appears to be puncture wounds in it.

I found stone tools i belive to be 40,000 yrs old


Is this a fossil guys, it's mostly rock (looks like marble but then again I know nothing). The internal formation looks like the internal structure of a bird's bones....mostly hollow but with internal strengthening structures that form air pockets.


I found this tooth in a creek bed when i was looking for arrowheads. Can someone help me identify. Thanks


I have been given what I have been told is raw platinum gold is there anyway I can get this tested? 

 While hand panning through a creek near gatlinburg tenn. I found these. Can you identify?. 

  • While hand panning in a creek at elkmont campground near gatlinburg tenn i found these. Pls identify

I found these while hand panning near gatlinburg tenn


I found broken piece of the bottom jaw of a bear and am wanting to find more information on it! 

When digging up the yard for my husbands rc track we found what looks like a fozzilized bone. Not sure if it is or what kind. Is there a way to id it?

What do you do if you think you found Indian remains and is it legal to have them and can you and can you sell them 

I purchased an approximately 18 inches tall ceramic statue at a Goodwill in Southern Arizona which based on my cursory research appears Mayan.  I am concerned that the statue was looted/stolen because I also read a lot of reports of antiquities smuggling through Arizona.  It is also quite possible that the statue is a fake.  I am not concerned about it’s authenticity because it is beautiful and I paid about 30 dollars for it, but if it is a looted artifact I would like to repatriate it to the country of its origin.  I have photos available.  

While we were tilling a new garden we found some little rocks that resemble a seed of something or other. Where can I send one of these to find our what it is?

I own a fossil with fish bones in it, I’m not sure what kind of fish it could be because the head isn’t there, just from gill area to half the tail.

I have this plate that was given to me. It's Aztec. Is it worth anything?


My house dates back to the early 1900s (right around 1910). However the land itself is even older. Up until a decade or so ago, a good portion of my yard was taken up by an old carriage barn. Even the feed trough was still there. However, the barn did not age well. It rotted to the point of being unsafe to enter, and my Dad was forced to take it down.


Every time we dig a post hole for a new fence post, we hit a layer of ash (around 1-2 feet down), and then we start to pull up pieces of porcelain and glass. I would love to learn more about these pieces. I have questions about who put them there, and why. And something is telling me that the answers are under the carriage barn foundation, which is still relatively intact.


However, my Dad wants to renovate the entire yard. And he is looking  to remove the foundation to do so. I've convinced him to wait. But I'm unsure how long he is willing to put off his plans. I just want to know what kind of steps I would have to take to request an archaelogical examination of the site.


An important note: I am unsure how this affects the steps I would have to take, but I live in Upstate New york.

while out walking with my boys and my pet Labrador near William Wallace’s cave in Ayrshire I pulled a large and very old looking machete type weapon or tool out from under rocks in a small stream. The area I found this is steeped in history and I’d love to have a date or use of my find explained. I can provide pictures. 

Hi I have two ceramic dolls not sure if they’re worth anything or who I can take them so they can be evaluated. I’m trying to get more information about them. Was giving to my parents by an Native American. Any help will be appreciated.


Is there a central register for (rough) locations of Archaeologist sites? A couple of papers I'm reading only cite names of cities. Could be anywhere. To me that sounds like bad practice. I'm not an archaeologist. 

Found this bust of a human figure along the coast of Arabian Sea (near Marine Drive, Mumbai). Its made of stone and resembles an african lady (or man) with hair tied high in a bun. It is quite heavy and in good condition too.

My daughter found some perfect and almost perfectly round rocks. Some are white, red, yellow, dark grey,light grey. Any idea what they are? Wish I could attach a picture 

My grandfather, father, and many other mambers of my family were brought up in the hills of Appalachia & instilled in me a love of history, ancient to recent, and were collectors of many things, as am I. When my grandfather died, he left me many things that he had found and there are some that have puzzled me, and I have been trying ot get them identified for years. These 2 I have attached are 2 that I have questions about, one is a pot or bowl of some sort & seems to be made of ceramics in its form, but feels like stone, the other is one of my most curious. This one has the shape of a caligraphy C and is curved like a gemstone set on one side, flat on the other and it isn't magnetic at all as I can tell with my magnets. On one hand it looks almost like a seal/signet ring set but on the other why would it be in a creek in eastern KY & for so long? The line in the C is crystaline when looked at with a loupe but it appears to be petrified altogether. These are just 2 of many things I have either inherited or found myself but I dont want to send in too many at once. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

My friend and I found a fossil in his backyard. We live in michigan and I thought it looked like a clam fossil. Wouldnt that mean that Michigan was once under water.

My grandfather was an archeologist and passed away many years ago and I have many arrowheads that have numbers placed on them... (I have soooo many) I also have fossilized dinosaur poop. I don’t know what these numbers on them mean and I don’t have a purpose for all of these artifacts. I have been thinking of selling all of it but don’t know if it’s even worth anything to really sell. 

Thank you for your time.

Kristopher Arthur Johnston 

Good afternoon, I appreciate you taking your time to assist me, I'm looking for someone who can identify and possibly price my mineral collection. It consists of arrowheads, stone axe heads, fossils, a tooth. 

Any help is greatly appreciated


Can u help me to identify this large handful size beach rock found at north beach in hampton nh

We are seeking assistance in identifying a relic that was passed down from a friends father who was in WW II. I can provide pictures.  It is approximately 9 inches long, made from brass. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. There are three faces on it and they appear to be wearing some sort of a headdress. Two are back to back where the handle is and appear to be  Mayan or Buddhist. There is another smaller face on the top. There are three edges to the blade that end in a point. There is some sort Of inscription on the blades that look like snakes

I'm not sure if what I've found is natural or man made. It's either rock or coral, oddly shaped (arrowhead shape), with the larger of the two roughly the size of tip of a thumb. I found these on the river bank during low tide where the Withlacoochee opens to the Gulf in Florida. I have found other items in this area but am unable to identify this recent find, and would greatly appreciate an any help in identifying them. Thanks!! 

I did not see where to attach a photo to help aid identification 

we have an uncovered roman/iron age fort in our field at home and i am wondering how deep things like this are normally underground? we have had people come in and confirm it with a geophysical survey but we do not know how deep to dig. i have dug a hole just under 5ft deep where one of the walls was meant to be (roughly) but was wondering if that was too deep or not deep enough? I have gone through normal dirt, to sand and now to a brick red coloured sand and have started to find some weird black granules that are a mixture of black rocks, what could be coal, and black dirt at the bottom of the hole. What do you think? Should i go deeper or expand the hole?

Thank you

Kind regards Oliver

Good day, Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this question, but I'll give it a try. Back in 2012 I was travelling in the country of Papua New Guinea for about 2-3 months. 4 of these weeks I spent in a very remote location/village on one of the island provinces, after being invited by a random local gentleman I met while crossing a body of water by small boat - and this was such a location that the locals claimed there hadn't been white westerners there since the 1960's, and even back then non-locals were rarely seen around these parts. During this time they took me to some really amazing locations out in the bush, and one of these locations was a large river/rapid emerging from a 8m tall crack in the mountain, and with a footpath leading to an area with an overhang about 4 meters overhead. On this overhang was a longer mural of sorts, with something that for the layman me looked like some really ancient petroglyphs of various motifs, and where I can only assume that this area held some sort of religious or spiritual significance back when they were carved. These locals were simple folk from the bush (not meant in a condescending way) not exposed to the West(ern culture) at all, but they were going on about how legend had it that the murals in this area were carved by, quote, "tall giants from the sky thousands of years ago". Now, as a fairly rational and skeptical person who believes in science, I can't really say I believe this, but these murals were obviously carved by someone advanced enough to build some form of scaffolding to access the roof of this overhang. I would very much like to get in touch with a professional in this field, to hand off this finding should it be of interest. I am a bit vague on purpose on exact locations and descriptions, as I don't want this area to be visited and potentially spoiled by more tourists. I have both video- and photographs of everything I'm mentioning here, and can also point to the exact location on a map. Please get in touch with me at the email-address supplied with this comment, or reply to this comment with an email-address I can write to. Looking forward to hearing from someone, Sincerely, MMB

I found this black and white old looking plate at Goodwill (a thrift store). It has a 3-Dimentional warrior on the front with greek square print all around the edges. What makes me believe that this is not replicated or non-authetic is that the plate is not perfectly round or level. Also, there marks on the back; the ones that you might see on something that is hand-sculpted. Its decently heavy as well. I would love to find out if this $1.19 plate is actually more than just that.

I have about 4p rocks i have been finding and collecting several years now. I feel they are amazing and since i did find them myself i know they are authentic and support ideas i thought were unrealistic . I would love to share wjat i found with someone who is educated amd of course open minded. Unfortunately that is nearly impossible in my part of the world.


Tammy I have also found Rocks like this. The ones I find have A symbol of a Owl eating a snake. Plus are tools. I also find ingots and wood with the same kind of carvings. By chance does your rocks have these features ? Thank you. Eddie 

My grandson found a tooth in pea gravel that is lined on both sides of the enamel with a double row of seration on the edge. The enamel is 1/2 inch in length and the dark gray root is 3/8 inch, making it 7/8 long. The lines that lead to the seration are just over 1/4 inch. The enamel is somewhat triangular, the back part is smooth and curved down to a 90 degree tip. The serated edge is straight. The enamel starts at 1/16 inch thick and increases to 1/8 inch at the beginning of the root. We have looked at many online pictures and have not found anything resembling this tooth. The pea gravel is from the stone quarry south and west of Defiance, Ohio and along the Auglaize River. Any ideas? We can send pictures if we have an address to send to. Thanks!

Adding to my post above: I have noticed that the root part of the tooth is hollow, so that one can look into the back part of the enamel part and see light coming through the enamel. Interesting! This observation came after the calamity. For some reason (known only to seven-year-old boys), my grandson had the fossil tooth in the bathroom. Worse yet, he decided to put it on the back of the toilet. Further Worst, it "somehow' got knocked into the toilet itself. Farthrest WORST!!! For some reason, he decided to flush the stool. Sobs upon sobs!!! The boy could not be consoled (and Papa was in disbelief when he heard of the demise of the fossil tooth.) This toilet happens to be in the basement and is hooked up to a masticator (dreaded thoughts!). There was one possibility: there is a rubber accordian connector from the toilet to the masticating tank. "IF" the tooth was heavy enough, it just might have lodged in one of the depressions of the connector. (I hope this doesn't make anyone sick. It was not necessarily a pleasant thought to me either - but things must be tried when something this important has disappeared.) I disconnected the accordian tube from the toilet and...voila!!! There it was - just waiting for someone to take the toilet apart to find it. (Keep that in mind when you lose something of value - with some degree of weight - down the toilet. But make certain it is this type of toilet - otherwise, you might not be so fortunate!!!) The tooth has now been wisked away to safety!


If you send a picture to my email ( I might be able to identify this tooth! 



About 2 inches high brown stone type material.  Like a small vase. Heavy. Bottom has 3 lightning bolt symbols carved into it. Front has a small panel of carved out birds on a branch, frog, maybe tree symbols cant tell and there are 4 rows.

I was given a small staff about 14" long over 50 years ago by a relative,  we are of Native American Descent,  this staff if covered in split reeds and woven to cover it ,  he has plant dye in red & black design with a split reeds concave on both sides that has what appear to be alligator gar teeth producing outward . I have contacted a branch of the Smithsonian who told if I would give my staff to them ,they would give me all the details about it , the item they have that is similar to what I have there beaded reeds & plant dye did not make it , my staff is 90% + in Excelent Condition . Been kept in a cedar box with cedar shavings . Would love to find the exact history of my family hearloum. Thank You

I have found what I belive to be a net sinker/weight or fishing sinker/weight. In an area of crooked creek in Boone county Arkansas where I have found other multiple spear points and drills in the creek  I would love to send some pictures to get an opinion as I have personally never seen one.

I found what appears to be in the shape of an arrow head or Texas. Has markings carved in, letters and numbers. It's approx 3'x3'. It appears very old. The markings are faint. I haven't been able to find a way to read. It also looks like it was placed on top of lead on the ground. 

I have an old skull (approx 100 years) that seems to be getting a white chalky look to part of it. Is this a process of deterioration that I need to be concerned about if I'm still trying to keep it?

I have a statue that my mom gave me and I would like to know the age 

I would love for you to see it. it looks Aztec to me

Hello. My wife I have a extra lot weve owned for years and finally deep cleaned it. While clearing away years of brush...pallets...wood etc. My wife dug out about a foot + of dirt. She found a rock that turned out to be a piece of petrified wood. About 4 lbs. Looks to be maybe a post top....? It has 2 straight lines cut in it. Like.....mistake cuts. Then a series of a few punch holes. ( look like horse shoe nail size where they were once hammmered in....i believe anyway. I would love to know what we have. It is quite unusual. Thanks.....

I found an interesting looking rock the has been carved to resemble a face. Its bigger than a quarter and have an eye carved out on opposite sides so it looks like two sides. Very simple design but worth a look. Found in Southern California.  Please help identify its origin.

The 1 inch in diameter bead or marble is hollow and is put together with very light strips of a type of wood. It appears to end in a raised snake head. It is green, yellowish and has a black square snd Black lunes on it. It’s quite interesting and is part of my collection from Glendale, Arizona. Buildings and houses are on the land now. Nobody can tell me anything about this. I do not know how to add a photo to this site because it isn’t email.
Thank you

I found a rectangular shaped piece of sandstone with a carving on it, I'm not sure what type of carving it is? I'm puzzled because my wifes family found it on a gravel road in the middle of Missouri. Not sure if it's Native American, Or older? Just wondering who I could contact to find out more about it!

One day while playng in Teledo Bend lake in Louisiana, I stepped on a sharp object. Whenever I picked it up, it was an about 3 inch long, orange-brownish, perfect looking arrow head. I put it in a shadow box and really didn't do any research since then. I could send a picture of it. I am just curious on where it might have came from and how old. Thank you!

Inwas given this wooden Mask that was my fathers some 50 years ago I have no idea what it is or means you can tell it is hand carved I was wondering if u could help me2ijF

I have found a white structured rock. (i dont know if it should be called that way) it is big as my fist and it has crytal like around it and actually the whole thing was crystal like. It has a brilliance when it get strike on the light (white and gray) i found it near the sea. I am from the Easternmost, Island of Catanduanes located in the Philippines. Hope you could help me. I'll send pictures of it once i got a response from you. Thank you. 


I found a small coral fossil in a creek close to my home (in Iowa). On one side, there is a carving. It looks a lot like a fox. I was wondering if someone could look at it and tell me more about it. It's a very unique find. I'd love to see if there are others like it and learn about its possible origins.Thank you!

I recently came across this 29th Infantry Division Association item in an old box of baseball cards I bought from a garage sale, and I have no idea where it could have come from. I know all about the 29th Infantry Division but I can't find any information online about this item specifically. It seems to have been able to attach to something, as it has three small holes on the outer rim for fastening. I was wondering if anybody had any more information on this and where/what it came from.

I had this fossil that I can't find anything out on it and I'm hoping that you can help me 

I have found what I believe to be artifacts stone tools next to a creek near by my home. I'm located in Siskiyou County. I think these tools are something someone should check out. They are not just rocks they are tools with markings of use. I will gladly send pictures and any information that I can about location of site to anyone interested in looking at what I have discovered and can give me some insight on this. I hope someone will check into this they are so evident of being a tool artifact that one look you will understand how important it is to check it out. 

Hello, I found a very small bead near arrowhead lake in Holt Missouri. It's cylindrical with a hole through it long ways. Maybe bone since it's all one color. There are "bands" carved around the bead, and very tiny v marks inside these channels. 

I have a statue that was given to my mother in Guatemala in 1952. It is terracotta fired. Can someone tell me who to send pictures and get help with finding the culture and age. This statue is fairly delicate. 

I was hiking along antelope point marina center in Page Arizona. The woman in town at the visitor center said she had found dinosaur tracks there on her hike. I went looking and please let me know if this is indeed a mark by dinosaurs and if so maybe what kind. I found two in roughly the same size and shape (just mirrored) the size of my hand, and a larger one next to it demonstrating similar shape. I would love to share the images I took, but this forum won't allow. Please email me back so we can discuss the possibilities of my findings being dinosaur markings.

I was wondering if you could identify if I found a meteorite. It is at least 5 lbs and 8” long by 4 1/4” high by 2-2 1/2 “ thick. It is orange in color and when I tried to grind a window. It was very hard and black inside. When doing the ceramic test it left a light orange streak on it. If I could send some photos it will give you a better picture of what it looks like

Not exacly sure what its called but i found the piece of the cowboy boot that hangs at the hell and has some kind of spinder at the looms pretty old and is even carved with natzi symbols?

Where might I go to confirm this item we found in the creek near other obvious finds is a neck pillow?

I have an interest on knowing if my fathers artifacts are in the hundred years old or thousands years old. Can you determime by the type of  picture imprinted on the actual stone?

My aunt died and left several pieces of petrified wood. What csn i do w them?

Arrowhead hunting in ada Oklahoma, found a weird stone, and cleaned up. In the light is silvery shine, stone is a dark maroon, heavy, and smooth. Has obviously been worked on. In the shape of a arrowhead and 3 inches long, and about inch and a half wide (guessing). Cannot find on internet anywhere.

About 30 yrs ago my aunt in Guadalajara, MX came across 5 figures that dont resemble the Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans, or Aztecs and I would love to know what civilization they might be from? They have been in her patio getting exposed to the harsh seasons for 30 yrs and have not deteriorated one bit, any Mesoamerican experts out there willing to take a look?

I've contacted several people and have not received very good answers, I found it in Oklahoma, its VERY heavy for its size  I was cleaning it and the crackly shell surface started to break off. I left most of the shell on there, there is metal fragments that are the shell. Inside the shell is a metal slightly oxidized ball. I can provide pictures with email, the inside ball is also very magnetic 

Need to know where I can get rock artifacts aprased?

Hi. I recently inherited a rosary, but it's different than anything I've ever seen. There is a screw in the bottom that, when taken out, opens a COMPARTMENT in the back. It's small. But there are several very small pieces of paper covering some indented circles. The papers have Latin written on them. Our friend studied theology, so he took a glance. One says "lamb of god" and the other is "martyr" and "saint" but I can't remember what the others mean. I can send pictures. He said that, in the discs underneath the paper, were relics. He gave an example of like nails or hair from that person. Is this true? Toni have something valuable that my famiky has just stored for decades? We don't know the exact origin because my famiky has maaaaany nationalities.  But we think it might be Bohemian. Like I said, i can send pictures for validity. But who do I even take this to? Please help?

My mom has one of these, but it's just the cross, not a rosary. It was handed down to her from a great great aunt or something who was said to have been a Mother Superior at Notre Dame Cathedral in Germany. I have seen it many times throughout my life and it is axactly like what you're describing. The pieces of paper over the relics have names of saints and the relic corresponds to the saint whose name is on it. I don't know who to tell you to take it to, but it's a Catholic relic, so I would maybe start at your closest Catholic church and ask them. It's definitely a very special piece of history, so definitely keep it in a fireproof safe, safety deposit box, etc.

I just saw and handled a rubber ball like the ones used in mesoamerican games.  It was found in the Sierra Nevada range near Kings Canyon Nat. Park in a remote location by a forest service employee.  An archaeologist friend had it dated, 1450 a.d., at the University of Arizona. How did this ancient ball get there?  Very curious!  Sharon

I have an antique pottery, i want to know the age of pottery, i can send you the picture, please email me, thankyou.

i have several rocks that I have found that have what look like Indian and other types of faces carved in them. It is obvious on some and not so obvious on others like they could be weathered?? I would like to show someone these or ask someone about them. I have never heard of this nor had anyone that Ive asked. I found them around the Saline River, AR area. They are really neat and I would like other ppl to enjoy them as well. Please email me!!. 

I'm going through the same thing I live in Peebles Ohio theres Little Creek behind my house have found over a hundred rocks in about an hour worth of looking that all have carvings all have different types of faces some even alien faces all types of different words and I as well am wondering what the hell is going on and why does not anyone know about this

Looking to see if anyone has a clue as to what this rock may be i have a few dozen pictures of it and have contacted a few geoscientists about it but everyone is giving me different views one says 520 million year old rock from maguma age or what not...another tells me its a 900 million year old rock carried by glaciers im just trying to figure this out as it has a very strong magnetic field its grey and has smooth edges and thumb print features..please let me know.or email so i can send some pictures thanks

My daughter who was then about 5 years old found a circular stone with an embedded darker colored stone ring in the surrounding area of the Egyptian Pyramids. We were throwing rocks at a rest area of a tour. It's about 1.5"-2" in diameter with oval sides and is about 0.5" thick. I can provide an image with email address. This was found in 2009 and the curiosity to understand this artificat remains.

I reallly dont have any doubts about the authenticity,  I'd rather not say exactly where I found it but it was in an area not really accesible to the public.  South Eastern New Mexico. I was hiking and taking a  break at the top of a raised hill.  I only spotted it because of how much it stood out, just no other rocks around the area with this color (Cool looking blueish gray).  Not only that but it really seems polished.

Just curious about what it might be, and more importantly what type of rock is this lol? It had to have come from this area.  Doesnt look like an arrowhead, I started thinking maybe it was just a cutting tool since it has such a comfortable groove for your thumb.  Clarification?

I also realize I should not have moved this from its found location.  To be honest it was just an exciting thing to spot and ended up taking it. I certainly wont do that again.

In no way am I trying to sell it or make money.  Just curiosu about its purpose and what type of stone it is.  Gladly let any Native American Museum have it for free.

--- Jeffrey Cretin




Jeffrey Cretin I want to know if I could contact you for a school EOC (end of course exam) in my college and career prep class, I am a student at Valley highschool in las vegas nevada located at 2839 burnham ave las vegas, nevada. please if youre interested contact me at my Gmail I have to interview you and I am intereseted in becoming an archaeologist which is why I have to contact and interview one.

I need someone to identify what kind of rock/mineral this could be? I have pics. Please email me

I have an ancient Jewish Torah scriptures in the old language and Christian scriptures written on pure gold paper can you help me and tell me what they are and how much are they worth

Found what I think is a fossilized heart but not quite sure who do I contact to send some pics,???

I have a what i think is a petrified turtle that i need to have looked at. Who may i contact?? Contact me at your earliest convenience please and thank you.

We have been trying to find information on a strange looking rock. Would like to send pictures to a professional.

Thank You


What's the process going forward to getting the site properly looked at? The County Archeaologist for East Sussex is talking with a reluctant public body to get a preliminary metal sweep of the area but how long will this take?. 

I recently found a rock while mushroom hunting in Missouri. Would like to send Someone pictures and get an expert opinion! 

I was wondering if someone could comment on this theory. I've seen documentaries that have comment on the burial practices of prehistoric cultures that involve the inclusion of medicinal herbs and such and I was wondering if it was less a religious or superstitious methodology and not a practical one. As they existed in a world surrounded by predators and scavengers I can only assume that when one of their community passed away the issue of what to do with the corpse would be problematic. Perhaps they came up with the idea of budding the corpse (close by, as trekking a longer distance with the heavy weight might have been cumbersome) they would dispose of it in the ground, to not only shield themselves from the smell, but also so as to not attract the attention of scavengers and predators looking for an easy meal, this divulging the live Perry's whereabouts, and the presence of aromatic herbs and such to mask the smell of decay? Any thoughts on this? 

I have a fossil of some kind, I can't seem to find any information on it ,it has several colored &nbsp;layers of some kind of lime stone. I can send a picture of the fossil. I am very enterested in it, and I would like to know what it is. Can you help me?

Hi I found this thing that looks like a black bone. I am just curious about it. Is it a piece of coral or a possible bone. I am unsure and would love to find out what it is if you can help.

We managed a park and the ground gave way this past week. A small opening into a cavern opened up. Inside the small cave are glass bottles, metal bands that resemble wagon wheel parts, many bones of possible a cow, a boot, some broken ceramic dishes, an old Victor trap for small fame, and a few other odds and ends. Our best guess is it was a root cellar or maybe a hideout for settelers many years ago. The parks have been around since the 1950s. This we know it is older than such dates. It appears the limestone tool has been flaking off for years now. Dirt has started to fill it in since the hole formed. We do not know where the original entrance to the cave is or was. I may be buried under the collapsed roof section. Thus cave is about 3 feet under ground. It appears to be 8 or 10 feet wide by maybe 10 foot long. It may be bigger, but we don't know since we did not explore every nook or dig out the fill which has fallen inside.

Who would be able to check out the find to see what it is or how much more there is to the site?

Hello: I have an ancient stone tool from Kensburgh NJ that I was hoping you could identify for me. My father found it when he was a child over 90 years ago in a ditch that was dug by the town to run storm drains outside his house. He always thought it was a tomahawk, but I always thought it was some kind of tool, as is was very heavy and extremely smooth with no real place to attach it to a handle, just a spot for your thumb to fit. If I sent you a pic of it do you think you could help me out? Thanks much, Art. 

Hello, I have a  statue that has a warrior type look, wearing a headdress and is in a sitting type position, one hand is on the knee and the other resting on its chin. I was told it was very very old (but of course I need proof) it does look and feel very old. I was wondering if there was any way to send photos for help on determining if this is real/fake or what it is and where it origininated, as it is hard to describe verbally. Or if there is any place or person you might suggest that could help me.
Thank you

hi I found the piece looks like rock but also looks like gold I want to see if it’s worth something thank you 

I am doing a progect for my 5th grade class is their any archeologists I can interview for that progect? I love archaeology and am planning to be an archaeologist it would mean so much to me to interview a proffesional.

I have a friend looking to sell a 6 foot mastodon tusk. Where is the best market. She also has other artifacts such as arrowhead, bones, etc. Any guidence is appreciated.

Hve recently come into a Viking amulet. It was found in the UK in the 1930s. I am told it dates from the 11th century A.D. I would appreciate any help in validating it. I do have photos and happy to send them. Thank you. Nick.

I'm trying to figure out the writing of the unique rocks and stone like with crystals in them some have hearts some crosses and one I found in water that is L shape looks like a sun and snake carving on it with a Indian looking man climbing a mountain top with it looks like stars to me at the top. All the rocks or stones I find have carving symbols and I can look at them for hours amazed. I'm just want someone to take a look at these stones and tell me how old and who can read them. I would really like to know the history if it? I can see when the light reflects on them you see different images. It is very unique. I feel they are old and tell a story. Who would I talk to and take them to here in Alabama? Thank you

Hi,  I appreciate your help and time. I found what I think might be a dionsaur egg

 Please help me identify it.


Petrified wood found in ground , heavy in weight need info on it

The petrified wood realy has no value its just wood that has been in the ground or creek for a few years i got some my self for a wall in my kitchen im  doing we found ours in a creek in tx 

My aunt in Guadalajara, MX has 5 figures that no one can figure out what civilization they belong to. They dont look Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, or even Toltec! They have been sitting in her opened patio getting hit by the harsh seasons for 30+ yrs and have not deteriorated one bit. All I know is that they were given to her by an old friend who claimed to have found them while digging in Guerrero, MX but they dont look nothing kike the artifacts I've seen from that part of the country! Any help identifying them would be greatly appreciated 

Hello, I don't know if this is where I can find my answers however every other "ask an archaeologist" type site I've found has links to resources that no longer exist or are inactive.

If I'm in the wrong place I'm hoping you could direct me to another, more appropriate resource.  

I'm a writer and am attempting to bring as much authenticity as possible to a couple of fictional characters.

I appreciate your time and help.


Victor Richie


About 12 years ago while thrift shipping I found a little Egyptian statuette of a pharaoh and a queen seated together.  It struck me as odd because I was unable to determine what it is made from.  It is old,  carved and sits about 5 inches tall.  I believe it is possible that it's  ivory our bone. 

It's also scribes with a symbol. I recently was researching old statuettes and was quite taken aback by the similarities of the one I found compared to the ancient Egyptian statuettes.

I'm curious if its possible it was perhaps smuggled out at some point.  

I appreciate your time, 




usually This type of statue artifact is from the tourist trade. Without seeing it I could say it may be from the mid-1950s on up. Some of them are made to look very authentic. And very few really are authentic if you want to send me a picture I would gladly look at it thank you

My father, the owner of the property I found these rocks have lots of fossils in them. There are several rocks located on the property. I have some samples of the fossils and pictures of the rocks. Was wondering if there was anyone I could send my samples too? As I said I also have pictures of the rocks. Been curious most my life what these fossils/ rocks are. Thank you

I have so many im attached to them ,cause they were just getting destored,im just trying to perserve them and take care of them.

hello, i found this couple years ago and just don't know where to take it. i defiantly have never seen anything like it. i have pictures. it has reddish purple crust and sticks toa magnet. if you have any advice i would appreciate it. thanks

i found some plant fossils...

i want somebody provesional too look at them and see how old they are and maybe give me a prive if you can find somebody too buy them 

I have few pieces of effigy I need help with also my main 2 things that I have questions on are what looks like female and Male na heads made of stone I also have 2 little rocks looks like na heads that was found underneath huge statue. I lifted up the head of a huge alligator statue and there was only 2 OLD rocks under dirt really nor ANY other rocks but these two. Thx in advance. 

Hello,  Would you know who I could contact to have authenticity provided for a possibly Neolithic female figure.  Thanks.

Hi my name is Angie and I I think I found some rock art and I'm interested in what you think.

I found this metal pendant, hard to tell exactly what type metal it is made of because while it appears to be silver, it also takes on a very goldish hue. I suspect it has Viking origin, but I'm no expert. Hopefully, I'll be able attach photographs I've taken of it since finding it in the driveway of the house i live at, in Moorhead, Minnesota.
This piece is obviously hand-crafted and was poured into a very detailed mold, no matter how old it may be. As such, I would really appreciate it if you folks could discern its' origin.

When my grandparents were building a house in Lake Yosemite, CA ~1957, they unearthed a volcanic rock grinding bowl - about a 9.5" diameter, 9.5" deep. They were told that it was estimated at 800 years old. Building stopped while they excavated the site. How can I have this appraised or send a picture?

I found 9 beautiful bird feathers. I cant seem to identify them. And I would like help doing so. The longest total wing length is 47cm. I do have pictures.

I was working on my grandmother's farm when I found a rock. This rock was grey and flat and it had what appeared to be writing on it.  It writing was spaced but in a different language.  The writing was also kinda small.



As i was exploring a creek near where i live i found a perfectly triangular stone along with what i beleive to be a few native american celts. I was wonderig if there was anybody who is an expert in this field 

So I went to Shoal Creek here in Austin,TX, a common place to find fossilized sea and snail shells from the late cretaceous period. I was cleaning one of the snail shells I collected, inside was what appears to be a peice of another shell which I removed. When I looked at that tiny peice under a microscope I saw, what looks like a larvae possibly. it has several segments to what looks like the body, almost like a small maggot or catipillar. I have some photos I took using my phone, so not great, but you can easily see the shape of the  object.

 Found this rock and I'm curious if anyone knows of someone who can help identify it

I found a stone carving of a bear cub, it is about 2 inches high. Tag on it says made in USSR there is a number 117-837. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. 

I would like to know if a field archaeologist(s) and/or museum specialist(s) would be interested in coming out to private property to see this unusual fossil rock find?

Today (in my back yard near a flower garden I have dug) I found a tear shaped pendant. I thought it was a stone at first-flat and smooth--but it has a hole in it and it is very heavy for an approximately  2" x 1.25" object. It has some markings on one side - lines etched and slight indentations. I am thinking it is made out of lead-a magnet does not stick to it. This is in the same general area I once found an arrow head. How can I find out more about it-like how old, is it Native American, etc?. I would add  a picture but can't seem to do that here.



Was given an odd one specimen. Metallic layered fibers and greenish brown.  Appears also to have gold also.  But am unsure. 

I found these two arrowheads while digging in my yard near Leesburg, VA   Can you tell me anything about them?  Where do I post a photo?

i found what appears to be a petrified tree still standing in my yard. All of this time, I thought it was an actual tree until I went to chop it down. My ax cracked.. how do I find out more about this odd work of art standing in my yard?

Did anyone respond to your question? I am curious too.

I have a fossil like a fish and one fossil like a leg fossil .I am sure about them .How can I send the picture of them to see?

Found on my farm in Arkansas...limestone rock ...set of footprints embedded in the rock.along with small footprints and large cat or animals paws prints...can send pictures...wanting information..if you can help...or the name of another that would be interested..Thank you Beth Tyler

I can't seem to upload a pic but I have a little stsue I rescued and would like to know more about it

I found a 5"×6", 2.5" (circumstance 15.5") section of labyrinth looking coral that appears to have turned into crystal. On the bottom there are crystal points, some as big as 5/8". I was in Davie FL digging a footer and this was in the dirt. m9s4h

 I found what appears to be a very old cross that would go on a necklace.  I found it in on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the mud while picking up trash.   It definitely looks homemade, and the hole for the necklace looks very uneven. It’s non magnetic and there are no markings on the cross (that I can see). It’s very aged. The cross is indented the size of the cross except for the edges are higher than the center. There are 5 little studs that appear to be nails that maybe held wood or jewels in the indention. Where can I send a picture of the cross to or where could I take the cross to see if it’s as old as it looks. 


Mike M.


I want to know if there is a formula that tells you how old something is relative to how deep it is in the ground.
50 years per inch deep so an artifact found 12" below the surface could be estimated at 600 years old or so.

I have heard of something called stratigraphy, but I am not certain that is really what i am looking for.

I hope I made sense with this question.
Thank you very much in advance for any information you can give me on this subject.

Sincerely Corey Keyes,
Richmond VA

it is 6.4 inches in size n 2.3 inches in width. It is fully made of brass n about 500grams in weight. It looks very amusing . 

My mother just took a trip to the carribean, Santiago, Dominican Republic to be exact. She brought back a rock from a cave. Weights about 30lbs and has a bunch of fossilized shell structures all around. It almost looks porpusly done. I just need to know what it is.


Looking for someone who can appraise an 300 year old vase recovered from a sunken sea going vessel in 1965.

Found a rock with what looks like a indentation of a foot print. 

While landscaping our front yard, my son found this really old looking tool or stake and we want to know what it is, it's history, and if it's worth anything. We're in Ludowici, GA.

Hello i have recently found what i beleave to be a prehictoric kill site of some sort. And my reason for saying this is I have found some teeth,bones,arrowheads,agate,jasper & few other things... I'm not sure how old they are or if I should contact anybody to let them no about the site I've pulled muilt.. bones,stones with blood stains and I think some tools and stuff are made out petrified wood and jasper... Let me no what I should do I'll send u some photos if that will help y'all out any kind of help I revive will be a huge help thanks for the time Jimmy 

I found what looks like part of an axe or digging tool made of flint ,it has human images on it too

I found a bone that appears to be a human radius bone and it has hardened with petina.  The bone was crafted to have a split end on the narrow side and if you were to add the missing piece that was removed when it was crafted it matches up with the length of my forearm from wrist to elbow.  How can I have this verified and authenticated?  The bone was found near the Dry Frio river in Southwest Texas by the city of Uvalde.  I had already found lots of arrowheads in this area.  Please email me so I can send some pictures.  Thanks

I found a snake fissile in rock can you tell me anything about it or what I should do with it


Fruitlessly, over the years I have attempted to get help in identifying an artifact I found back in 1972 while teaching an advanced diving class in a dark water river. I have photos I can send that clearly show the artifact next to a ruler and also being held showing it's perfect fit in the human hand. Is it possible that someone in your group is willing to share their take on what this artifact is?

The object is 4+ inches in length and near 2 inches in diameter. It is sold and appears to be perfectly petrified. It has a dark chocolate colored patina. It appears to have percussive wear on one end and a smooth thumb indexing notch on the opposite end. It fits perfectly in the hand. On one portion there remains a small linear strip of what appears to be ivory affixed to the solid core bone.

In the general area miles away there have been a number of mammoth and mastodon skeletons have been recovered by archaeologist teams. To me it appears to be a tip portion of a mammoth tusk that was harvested and then worked into a hammer-like tool that was used to work hard objects. There is a well documented history of Paleo man in the area where this artifact was found back in 1972. I believe this artifact may possibly be important as it could possibly show the presence of Paleo Man being present at the same time that the mammoths and mastodons roamed the area. The artifact appears to have become petrified and gotten it's dark brown patina after the tool was made and then separated from it's maker/user.

Recently while I was going through an old dive bag and found this fossil that had been packed away for decades. With it in a mesh goodie bag were the other objects found with it back in 1972.

The mesh dive bag contents included assorted flint flake shards, small chip worked flint rocks, various portions of bone which have a dark brown patina, and a few smooth limestone rocks.

Is there someone who I can send photos to?

Thank You, in advance, for your response.

Bill Anderson


Found a fossil that is vertebrae of some kind. There was lots of similar pieces and other pieces of fossils in the same location. How can I identify what kind of dinosaur I'm possiblly looking at. Thank you 

Have rocks that was give to me for a rock garden  and they found in  alabama big and small that is 340 million years old and was one time on bottom of ocean for millions of years i would like to know more about fossils thats in them ..

I found this clovis..or is it clovis

In 1967 I was 6 years old.  We were in Aspen CO, My father went to see Peter Ustinov (sp?) speaking.  I wondered the hillside and found a fossil.  It is the piece of a jaw, with 4 teeth.  I've kept it in my special memories box since then.  

I've recently moved.  I found myself going through everything, decluttering when I ran across this fossil.  I showed it to a couple people who each felt it was not human, or maybe it was...but the jaw is very old and like a rock, more than bone.  That's why I kept it to begin with.

Where can I take it to see if it is worth looking further into?

I inherited something that may or may not be a dinosaur. It is a huge turtle. I want to send you pictures to see what you think. My late uncle was re constructing it back together. I dont know what to do with it. 

Looks like float copper? Any information woyld be helpful.

While I was walking along the beach today, I had found what appears to be some sort of ring or washer. It is very corroded, and looks very old. It is roughly 2 inches in diameter, and has a hole in it that is roughly 1/4 inch in diameter. I found it along a beach at Orland beach, Florida. Could I get help identifying what it is?

Are there any resources out there that can help in determining when, where or whom may have created a carved rock statue through images?

Boyfriend found a fossiled bone on a beach in Florida. It looks like a piece of a vertebrae, but we aren’t sure. Was thinking about making it into a necklace, but I wanted to make sure its not something rare or important before I do.

I have tried to inset a picture but it will not let me! I have some very strange and odd symbols that I don’t know where they come from or what they mean and I need your help please somebody help me fast!!!! Email response or something so I can send u a picture of them please! 

Hello. My boyfriend who is 65 years old now, has a Stone Ax Head and is trying to find out if it may be worth anything. He has had it since he was a young boy. His step father found it as a child in Kentucky while plowing an area. We would like it if someone could tell us how to get it checked out. Thanks. 



We are on land in Central NC and discovered a old long rock wall on our land is nearly covered with soil and underbrush. Before we disturb it any further, we wondered if there is a way to determine the age, value or significance of it. 

Was telling my grandson of finding mica as a boy in the woods by my house. But after researching mica deposits there is none in Ohio. The Hopewell Indians I have read use to trade for it with Carolina Indians


I found a bone recently and it looks to be old and it seems too big to be a human bone could I get some help identifying it?


so, looking for a partner on this. I’ve found some really cool, really old (I’m positive), artifacts. Like thousands!! And I think it’s three different time periods! If u read these comments, please email me. 

I got a spice tower and I need help to find out what it is I can't find it anywhere


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