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10,000 year old arrowhead: Jersey Shore find was heaven-sent, mom claims

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A 10,000-year-old arrowhead found at the beach was heaven-sent, claims the mother of the boy who found it. The amazing Jersey Shore discovery was made by a 10-year-old boy named Noah Cordle while he was wading in shallow water at the beach. When waves caused the 10,000-year-old Paleoindian arrow point to bump his leg, Noah thought it was a crab. It wasn't.

The Cordles realized their son had found something special, so they contacted the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, whose president was blown away by the discovery of the 10,000-year-old arrowhead. "Finding these points is rare," Greg Lattanzi said.

Lattanzi is the president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey and assistant curator of the archaeology and ethnography bureau of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. So he knows a little something about 10,000-year-old arrowheads. Lattanzi told the Asbury Park Press (APP) that the rare ancient Native American arrow point is between 8,000 and 11,000 years old.

The Paleoindians who constructed the arrow point were "nomadic family groups, moving around the landscape for fish, migrating birds or plant material like small berries," Lattanzi said.

Lattanzi was able to date the 10,000-year-old arrowhead based on the material and style of the point. He explained, "Jasper is a yellow-brown stone. The reason why it's black is because it was buried in the sand for literally thousands of years without oxygen. In the mid-section, there is a nick, and if you look closely, it's orangey-brown."

According to Detroit Free Press, "After consulting with the state Historic Preservation Office in Trenton, Lattanzi concluded that a post-Sandy beach-replenishment project north of Beach Haven helped scoop up the arrow and push it to shore." He said, "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."

Andrea and Brian Cordle have a more spiritual explanation for the arrival of the 10,000-year-old arrowhead directly into the path of their 10-year-old son. Andrea explained the supernatural connection between the arrow point's unexpected appearance and the realm of the spirit world.

"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."

The Cordles plan to donate the 10,000-year-old arrowhead to a museum just as soon as Noah has the chance to share it with classmates during show and tell after the start of the school year, reported New York Daily News.

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