By Ashley Rader
He didn’t find a single spearhead.
Instead, he found a dozen spearheads believed to date from 6,000 B.C. to 300 A.D. along the route of one of his favorite climbing spots in the county. Armstrong declined to name the exact spot of his find except that it was in Carter County, saying he wanted to protect the area and give himself the chance to find more of the historic items.
He said he found the artifacts during climbs in the past three months.
“When I come home, I go on my climbing routes where there is exposed rock,” Armstrong said. “I know these Appalachian Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world. Sometimes I pick up neat rocks from the places I go. It is kind of like a token or a souvenir from the places I have climbed.”
Armstrong said he did not have to dig to find any of the 12 complete spearheads he found or the other fragments that were found near them. He said he noticed the artifacts lying on the ground away from the main path. He decided they were “cool looking” and took them home with him.
“I started finding these rocks, and I am not educated in archaeology but I am smart enough to know these rocks are sharp and I knew they were something other than these cool-looking rocks,” he said. “It was absolutely driving me crazy until I could find someone who could give me information to solidify what I had been thinking.”
An area museum offered that someone.