6 Things You Should Know Before Buying Native American Artifacts
When thinking about the purchase of arrowheads, or other Indian artifacts it is quite important to fully understand how to distinguish between authentic ancient artifacts and modern reproductions.
Some of the most sought after Indian artifacts are extremely rare and consequently command very high prices. So, it’s no coincidence that modern knappers with fraudulent intent target these high dollar artifacts, by passing off modern “FAKE” points as genuine relics. Remember to keep rarity of fine authentic artifacts in mind and remember that “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is”.
Honest modern flintknappers are quite happy with their work and sell their works for what they are, beautiful modern reproductions. To avoid confusion and in order to prevent their creations from being sold fraudulently, modern knappers often mark their work by signing with a diamond scribe, indelible ink, or another permanent means.
So what is the best way to avoid buying fake arrowheads and artifacts?
- Study learn the identifying characteristics of authentic ancient stone tools such as, material used in construction, patina, use wear patterns, flaking methods, and also techniques being used by unscrupulous sellers to duplicate these attributes.
- If possible buy artifacts you're able to hold in your own hand and inspect before making a purchase.
- Buy from someone you trust or is highly recommended by fellow collectors, but be careful even then. Many reputable collectors and authenticators have made mistakes with regards to the authenticity of an artifact.
- Demand signed provenance and certificates of authenticity whenever feasible or practical. Again be careful as these things can readily be counterfeited as easily or maybe more easily than the artifact itself.
- If you do buy arrowheads and artifacts online do your homework. What's the return policy? It should be a minimum of 14 days no questions asked. Buy from AACA (Authentic Artifact Collectors Association) members. Again demand certificates of authenticity. Get the certificate number as well as the name of the authenticator before making the purchase, so you can check it against the authenticator’s database.
- For anybody who is buying on EBay the seller ought to have again the very least a 14 day no questions asked return policy, 100% seller feedback rating, and be an AACA member. Buy only from sellers with clear pictures from a number of angles. Dim out of focus photos are a sign of troubles with the merchandise i.e. “hiding something”. Should you have questions and the seller fails to respond or offers only vague answers forget it.
A little bit of basic knowledge can pay great dividends in reassurance, knowing your Native American arrowhead and artifact collection is authentic. In addition to, saving you a great deal of aggravation and cash.