Boy makes 10,000 year old discovery at the Jersey shore

(CNN) — Ten-year-old Noah Cordle kicked off his summer vacation by dipping his toes into the Atlantic Ocean, only to make an ancient discovery when a sharp object hit his foot.

“It felt like a crab, so I jumped backward,” said Cordle, who was vacationing with his family in Beach Haven.Boy stumbles upon an ancient arrowhead on a New Jersey beach

But it wasn’t a crab, or a mussel shell as he deduced it might be next, after seeing its black color.

It was an arrowhead — one that an area expert says dates back to the Paleoindian period, approximately 8,000 to 11,000 years ago.

“A couple of people told us they didn’t think it was real,” Noah’s mother, Andrea Cordle, said of the find, which she described as being about 2½ inches long and black with a small fleck of orange along a ridge on its side.

Andrea and her husband, Brian Cordle, turned to Greg Lattanzi, the assistant curator at the Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography at the New Jersey State Museum.

Lattanzi, who said the museum has a collection of more than 20 similar arrowheads — more technically termed projectile points — called Noah’s find “rare.”

He said that most similar arrowheads have been excavated from archaeological sites in the northeastern United States rather than washing ashore.

Boy stumbles upon an ancient arrowhead on a New Jersey beachAfter examining the arrowhead under a microscope, Lattanzi said it appears to be made of Jasper and Chert stone and was probably attached to a spear and used for hunting.

The Cordles, who live in Lorton, Virginia, say they plan to hold on to their treasure for a while before finding it a permanent home.

“It’s really cool, but we’re not collectors,” Andrea Cordle said. “We’re going to donate it.”

9 comments

  • zippy_z33@yahoo.com

    Are you nuts sell the thing and put the money towards his college education!!! Who cares how much you get make some money most museums don’t put out or don’t have the room to put out all they have anyway!!!

  • Ralph.

    There right about the museum, they have stuff collecting dust. Bring it to a rich real indian at a resort,casino, and let him show it to the ppl while your child gets the education that hit his toe in the sand.

  • Stephen

    “made of Jasper and Chert stone”
    Who told you that minerals get capitalized? That’s soundly incorrect.

  • Denise

    I think selling it is the best idea. Take lots of photos of your son and his find. You could even make a plaster cast of it and paint it. With the economy the way it is. Your son might not find a job for years when he is older. He will need the money no matter what.
    Congrats young man!!!!! That is exciting!!!!!!!!

  • Josh p

    So I’ve found many arrow heads and spear heads in pa. What’s so special? Do you really think native American civilizations never stayed on the coast?

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