Sunday was Native American Day at the Green Lane Park Nature Center. Exhibitors included amateur archaeologist Lee Hallman, who was showing off his collection of Indian artifacts and dinosaur tracks. He says the tracks could be cut from red shale formations with a rock saw, but he never did that.
“All of the ones that I’ve found have been loose already. They’ve been taken out of the matrix and more or less got shelf-ready by the original finder.”
He says that person was probably an Indian.
“The Indians were fossil collectors too. That’s how I found these in the first place on Indian sites. They got them from local formations. I’m sure they didn’t know what they were, but they knew they were something, and they probably brought them back to their campsites to show their wives, and they probably hung them up in the lodge somewhere.”
Hallman says he has more than 40,000 artifacts including arrowheads, spear heads, hammers and axes, and some of them are on display at the Museum of Indian Culture in Emmaus, where he is curator.