A 10-year-old boy had the best trip to New Jersey ever last week after he discovered a 10,000-year-old arrowhead while playing on the beach.
Noah Cordle was on vacation with his family on Long Beach Island when he was smacked in the leg by something sharpish as he stood near the edge of the surf. Initially, Cordle thought he'd encountered a crab, but rather than squeal and dash from the water like, ahem, some of us might have, he fished around until he found the culprit: A smooth, black arrowhead. Despite its advanced age, the 2.5-inch point remains pretty sharp, so Cordle did the responsible thing and showed it to his parents who, intrigued, called the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.
Curators there were impressed by the find: While Paleoindian arrow points have been found in the state before, they're usually unearthed during archeological digs. An examination revealed that Cordle's arrowhead is made from jasper and is somewhere between 8,000 and 11,000-years-old, meaning whoever forged it did so with the likely intention of using it to kill fish and mastodon. Back then, New Jersey was a frigid tundra with no ocean or tanning beds, and when ancient man fist pumped, he did so while holding the scalp of a hated rival.
Though Cordle has rights to the arrowhead, he plans to donate it to a museum near its place of discovery on Long Beach Island—after he shows it to his 5th grade classmates back in Virginia.