Amazing Artifact Discovered On N.J. Beach May Be Twice As Old As The Great Pyramid Of Giza
A woman discovered a historical artifact along the Jersey Shore and, surprisingly, it isn’t an ancient bottle of hair gel.
The flint projectile point that Audrey Stanick found earlier this month was likely made during the Paleoindian period at least 10,000 years ago, scientists at the New Jersey State Museum told the Asbury Park Press. That makes it at least twice as old as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The artifact is not technically an arrowhead, since bow-and-arrow technology didn’t exist until much later.
Stanick was searching for sea glass on a beach in Seaside Heights on Oct. 6 when she spotted a dark, pointed stone object alongside some shells, according to ABC News.
“I noticed it because it was very dark and shiny, and my sister from Florida who likes to collect sharks’ teeth taught me to always look out for dark and shiny things at the beach,” Stanick told ABC. “Then, I remembered a boy made a similar discovery last year, so I got in contact with the museum.”
The artifact is a “pretty rare find” that could lead to information about ancient sites settled by the area’s early inhabitants, the museum’s assistant curator of archaeology, Dr. Gregory Lattanzi, told ABC.
“There are actually professional excavations to try and find points like these, so to be along the shore and see it washed up is pretty incredible,” Lattanzi said.
However, rare as it may be, Stanick’s is the third finding of this kind on New Jersey beaches in the past two years.
Last year, two children discovered similar items in Beach Haven and Long Branch, according to the Asbury Park Press. Lattanzi verified both objects as prehistoric projectile points.
While one of the children donated his find to the Smithsonian, Stanick is keeping hers and intends —> Read More