Most visitors the to beach are lucky to come home with a nice souvenir – say, a conch shell or a rare piece of sea glass. But for 10-year-old Noah Cordle, he found something much cooler: a 10,000-year-old arrowhead, CNN is reporting.
Noah and his family were visiting New Jersey’s Long Beach Island, from Virginia. When Noah put his feet into the Atlantic Ocean, he felt something sharp sting against his leg.
“It felt like a crab, so I jumped backward.”
Instead of a crab, Noah found a sharp, black, pointy object. Not really sure what he had, he took it to his parents. His mom eventually got into contact with the New Jersey State Museum, according to WDIV (Detroit), where the arrowhead was studied by Greg Lattanzi, the assistant curator at the Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography.
“I was basically blown away. Finding these points is rare. Only one other one recorded had washed up on a beach, on Island Beach State Park in ’94 or ’95.”
The arrowhead – called arrow “points” by people who make a living studying such things – was found to be between 8,000-11,000 years old, dating it to the Paleoindian Period. It was likely used to spear fish or hunt mastadon, according to Lattanzi.
“About 10,000 years ago, the ocean level was a lot lower than it is today and the ocean was 100 miles farther away. Ancient native Americans were walking on that surface.”
According to New Jersey law, the arrowhead is Noah’s and Noah’s alone – he’s not required to give it up for further study. Noah has said that he plans to take his arrowhead back home to Virginia to show it off to his buddies at school. After that, his parents say they may give it to a museum. His mom, Andrea Cordle, told USA Today:
“I think it’s super cool that this happened. But it’s not ours. It’s for everybody. My father-in-law died recently and he collected arrowheads and my husband thinks this was from his father. We know his father would have loved to see it. And from the bottom of my soul, I feel it’s meant to be seen by everybody.”
This isn’t the first time a young boy has found something extremely valuable on a beach: in 2012, a young British boy found a chunk of ambergris – basically whale vomit, but extremely valuable whale vomit, used in perfume-making – worth $60,000 on a beach, according to Inquisitr.
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