Lucky 10-Year-Old Boy Donates Find of a Lifetime to Smithsonian

Boy stumbles upon an ancient arrowhead on a New Jersey beach

The ten-year-old boy who literally stumbled across a rare ancient artifact this past August has pleased many in the archaeological community by donating the artifact to the Smithsonian Institution.

Noah Cordle was boogie boarding on the Jersey shore over summer vacation when he felt a sharp object hit his foot. What the boy thought to be a crab turned out to be the most exciting discovery of his young life. The object was a 14,000 year old “arrowhead,” called a Clovis point. Archaeologists believe the points were used on the ends of spears as hunting tools and weapons since they were initially discovered between the rib bones of large, extinct mammals like mastodons, according to

Clovis points are slender, finger-length spear points used by ancient inhabitants of North America and have been recovered from all over the continent, including as far south as Venezuela. They are chipped from fine, brittle stone like obsidian and jasper and have grooves called flutes to help them fit into spear shafts. More than 10,000 such points have been discovered to date.

The Cordle family took the find to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Monday, where Noah gifted it to the museum’s already immense collection. According to Dennis Stanford, an expert in Paleoindian archaeology at the Institute, this is the first point found in New Jersey. also adds that the people who find the points are usually people looking for them. To literally have one thrown at someone’s feet

“has never happened to anybody that I know of. You gotta be in the right place at the right time or it will disappear just like that. He was really lucky,”

says Stanford.