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Old 06-15-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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Hello,

Does anyone have any suggestions where I may be able to do some fossil hunting in or around Charlotte (gems, shark teeth, arrowheads, etc.)? I realize that private property is out of the question, and I am looking to do more surface hunting than digging, however, streams, river banks, etc. are the kind of areas I am thinking would be a good place to start. Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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Get a boat and hit the banks of the lakes. Mountain Island and Wylie have tons of places to look. Probably not many shark teeth around here. We are a few miles from the ocean.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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"Probably not many shark teeth around here. We are a few miles from the ocean. "...you would be surprised; shark teeth are found in Kansas--the country's topography has changed significantly over millions of years. But I appreciate the opinion.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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Hello,

Does anyone have any suggestions where I may be able to do some fossil hunting in or around Charlotte (gems, shark teeth, arrowheads, etc.)? I realize that private property is out of the question, and I am looking to do more surface hunting than digging, however, streams, river banks, etc. are the kind of areas I am thinking would be a good place to start. Thanks in advance for any ideas.
Semi-precious or precious gems?
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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Southbound, anything really. I am fairly new to the area and am willing to check out any place that may yield a decent find. Gems of any kind, rocks, whatever. I understand that pyrite can be found in this area; so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Southbound, anything really. I am fairly new to the area and am willing to check out any place that may yield a decent find. Gems of any kind, rocks, whatever. I understand that pyrite can be found in this area; so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Semi-precious stones are all over in Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain is a smaller city with an unincorporated area surrounding it. Crowders Mountain State Park is in the township. Quartz & mica are in great abundance here. I got some stones from my garden identified & I had spodumene, various types of mica, a piece of marble, & more types of quartz than you can shake a stick at, including yellow & smokey.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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I'm an artifact hunter

Ain't much in the way of fossils around here
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:20 AM
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Depending on how serious you are, you can go down to Aurora, down near New Bern, Little Washington. Probably 5 hours or so from Charlotte. They have a fossil museum and a huge phosphate "mine" there. I don't know about hunting on the mine property but the museum routinely gets a big load of stuff from the mine, and you can hunt out in front of the museum. You may need credentials of some sort to go on the mine property but that area is full of fossils and sharks teeth.

good luck
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Native Son, I have seen a video on YouTube where a guy found some arrowheads on a creek bed I think in Concord or Huntington area near the Speedway? Not sure if you are familiar with the different creeks around this area, but you usually cant go wrong that way.

LLN, I have actually been to Aurora, and visited the museum...I found a lot of teeth from the phosphate mine in the soil they dump in front of the museum; nothing too big, but some nice pieces...thanks for the suggestion, but again I'm looking to do hunting around Charlotte.

Southbound, thanks...I'll have to check those areas out and see what I can find.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Native Son, I have seen a video on YouTube where a guy found some arrowheads on a creek bed I think in Concord or Huntington area near the Speedway? Not sure if you are familiar with the different creeks around this area, but you usually cant go wrong that way.

LLN, I have actually been to Aurora, and visited the museum...I found a lot of teeth from the phosphate mine in the soil they dump in front of the museum; nothing too big, but some nice pieces...thanks for the suggestion, but again I'm looking to do hunting around Charlotte.

Southbound, thanks...I'll have to check those areas out and see what I can find.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
You're welcome. Kings Mountain was originally called White Plains because there was so much mica that it gave the ground a white look. The King Range is here. The mountains are not real mountains. They are mondocks. Just walking around, you probably won't find anything very valueable, but you are likely to find unusual.
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