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A Special Discoidal

by Anthony Havens

Central States Archaeological Societies 2021 October Journal
Collinsville, Illinois



It was around 20 years ago that I first learned one could acquire and trade Native American artifacts. Once I learned this, the relic world took off for me. One day I was looking through Who’s Who in Indian Relics Volume 5 and came across a picture of a man from my hometown. His name was Dale Van Blair. I got in touch with him and he was the first collector I met after Floyd Ritter, and Ben Thompson. These guys were all in books and were the collectors I wanted to meet.

Anyone who knew Dale knew he loved to bowl. We met at a bowling alley and had lunch. I picked his brain about relics. One of my favorite relics is the discoidal. I took one with me that he had owned and asked him about it. He gave me more history on it then I had known before, so I was pleased. I then asked if he had ever found one. Amazingly he said he found a one many years ago. He had gone fishing and the fish weren’t biting so he walked a field behind the lake and found the discoidal.

This was the piece that got him into collecting. I asked if he still had it, and he informed that he sold it several years prior to Floyd Ritter. Dale was Floyd’s ...

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A Special Discoidal
Front, back and side views of the Jeresey Bluff style discoidal found by Dale Van Blair in 1971.