Treasures from the past can appear almost anywhere. For some geology and archaeology buffs the best places are near streams and in rocky outcrops — where skill, patience and a little luck can yield multi-colored rocks, arrowheads and petrified wood.
In recognition of Missouri Archaeology Month, the Nodaway County Historical Society hosted a presentation Sunday that included presenters Northwest Missouri State University geologist John Pope and local rock and artifact hounds Dean Heflin and Alan Coy.
"It's an addiction," Coy said of his collection. "You never know what you'll find, and sometimes you don't find anything."
Hundreds of various rock concretions, agates, arrowheads and early Indian tools were on display during Sunday's event. Several participants brought in their own finds for identification by the three presenters.
Nearly all the artifacts and materials were collected in northwest Missouri.
Coy said anyone can find interesting artifacts and agates — brightly colored stones found inside metamorphic rock — if they know where to look...
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