Archeologist shares searches

HOWLAND – Finding an outdoor fire hearth, fire places or campfire is an ideal location for finding artifacts and arrowheads, according to an archeological technician, who was the keynote speaker at the recent Howland Historical Society.

William Drolsbaugh of Sharon, Pa., spoke on archeology and the American Indians of the Mahoning Valley area. He said ancient Indian groups often sat near fires, told stories and threw arrowheads and bones into the fire.

He said what is important is when you find an arrowhead or other artifact, include locations and time of year when it was found.

He said he has found items along the Shenango dam and in northeastern Ohio

Drolsbaugh, who worked in 13 states in 23 years as an archaeological technician for universities, said he spent six months exploring the rocks in Utah as part of an archaeological dig. He noted temperatures were often below zero.

“It can be brutal work, but it is rewarding and fascinating,” Drolsbaugh said.

Drolsbaugh has also gone on flint mapping trips with a group that collects flint. He noted flint is also included in limestone and arrowheads.

In the 1990s, he helped dig in southern Indiana when Caesar’s Palace was planning to dig along the Ohio River.

“We found so much from a village site there. Baby infant bones, arrowheads and lava glass,” he said.

Drolsbaugh said northeastern Ohio has many ideal places, such as flood plains, for digging for artifacts.

Also at the event Tom Collier of Southington and Carole Babyak of Howland showed artifacts that they have found.