Meet: Shannon Graham
Location: North central texas
e mail: Shannon@texaspoints.com
Auction Handle: Texaspoints
I'm 30 years old and live in the Dallas area. My wife, Carrie, and I both work in the telecommunications industry for different companies in the Telecom Corridor. I love arrowheads and international travel but they compete with one another. I just returned in June '99 from a six month around-the-world solo backpacking trip. I did find some great ancient Greek metal points from the farmers in Turkey but didn't really add anything else to my collection during that six months so I'm now trying to make up for lost time.
How I got started collecting!
I grew up in Comanche County, Texas which is artifact-rich. When I was a kid I would find arrowheads in the garden while playing with my toy soldiers. Early on I didn't realize what they were but I kept them with other "neat rocks". By the time I knew what they were, I had a good start on a collection. When I got into high school I would take one of the rural route school buses in the afternoon and get off at a freshly plowed peanut field and hunt until my parents got off from work. Unfortunately, when I got to college other interests pushed arrowhead hunting out of the way and I then moved overseas after I graduated. I returned to the States this year to find many great arrowhead websites and was instantly bitten by the arrowhead bug again. I now live in the Dallas area and do not have the opportunity to hunt that often. I have since created my own website, www.texaspoints.com and started buying and selling points through this site.
What I like to collect!
I appreciate any authentic relic but my heart is found of what I grew up finding and that is the finely worked Texas types. My favorites are Darls, Marshalls, Castrovilles, and Montells. Base Tang knives are quickly becoming a favorite of mine to collect.
My favorite relic!
If I had to pick one favorite it would be the spiraled, serrated, 3" Darl point I found while surface hunting a peanut field with my Dad. It's a 10. That same field has produced some fine blades and Paleo pieces as well. (It is the center piece in the photo.) The points in the photos are all Comanche County surface finds.
A few pics!