I found this arrowhead-shaped rock on the Toiyabe Crest trail in Nevada, USA. I'm wondering if it actually is an arrowhead. It's about 1.5 inches long.

possible arrowhead

The reasons that I think it could be is that it's about the right shape and the edges looked like it had been sharpened. It also has what looks like a notch on one side (pointed to with the red arrow). It was also of a different kind of rock than everything else in the immediate area.

Could it be an arrowhead?

  • It does look like one to me as well. While a bit of a rough specimen it does look like the edges have been deliberately shaped. Kinda looks like a type of agate.
    – Nate W
    Oct 6, 2017 at 15:06
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    In the UK we would ask the local museum. I suspect they'll help you out in the US as well. To my untutored eye it looks looks like this stone has been worked, but if you want a definitive answer you'll have to ask an expert. Oct 10, 2017 at 15:28
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    I don't know, but if you provided some more info this site might help: projectilepoints.net
    – StrongBad
    Oct 11, 2017 at 21:30

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Yes, that looks like arrow heads I've found in that general area too. Note that it may be a unfinished or discarded piece.

There is clear flaking and shaping. It would be very very unlikely for this to have happened by natural causes.

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    I agree that it's worked stone, but it may not be an arrowhead. Many of the things that early archeologists thought were "arrowheads" and "spear points" were actually the discarded leftovers from someone flaking off a number of knife blades and other small tools.
    – Mark
    Nov 15, 2017 at 21:52

I don't honestly know what an arrowhead looks like, especially not well enough to make a definitive identification. However, I found two references that at least confirm a possibility that arrowheads may exist on the Toiyabe Crest Trail. Since you asked "could it be an arrowhead," I hope this might be helpful. There aren't any pictures in either of them, so I don't have anything to compare with what you found, but I think reading these two accounts could be interesting.

Austin Nevada Wilderness Areas has some good information about the Toiyabe Crest Trail, which is the longest maintained trail in Nevada. The website gives general information, including a good list of things you might see while traveling there. The area is rich with a diverse array of animals, birds and fish.

The article says:

The Toiyabe Range is also diverse in geologic finds. Plutonic, volcanic and sedimentary rocks are all present. Keen eyes will spot plant and animal fossils as well as an occasional arrowhead. Rockhounds will also find treasures in the variety of specimens.

My second account is from "Backpacking in the Arc Dome Wilderness" published online at The Path Less Beaten. I know you've made the trip, but for others who are interested, this is a very long, detailed, report written by a man who made the arduous journey with his dogs.

They were out for many days, and after one of their final nights in the wilderness, he writes this:

The dogs enjoyed a leisurely morning sunning themselves as I made breakfast and started packing up. After I rolled up the tent, I found that I had been sleeping on top of an arrowhead the whole time. It looked to be made of flint, and had the tip broken off. It was kind of neat to think that this spot had been used for camping for hundreds of years.

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