10,000-Year-Old Arrowhead Discovered At N.J. Beach (Photo)

| by Dominic Kelly

A 10-year-old Virginia boy was vacationing with his family on Long Beach Island when he discovered a 10,000-year-old treasure.

Noah Cordle was standing in the New Jersey water when something sharp hit his leg. Initially, Cordle believed that it was a crab, but upon further investigation, he discovered it was a 2.5-inch sharp arrowhead.

Noah’s mother Andrea Cordle decided to contact Greg Lattanzi, president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, to see if he could help them figure out what the object was and where it came from.

“They sent me a picture and I said ‘if this is the real thing it’s really significant,’” Lattanzi said to the NY Daily News. “I asked them to bring it in because I needed to look at it close up through a microscope.”

“I was basically blown away,” said Lattanzi, who was able to determine that the object was a 10,000-year-old Paleoindian arrow point, to the Asbury Park Press. “Finding these points is rare. Only one other one recorded had washed up on a beach on Island Beach State Park in '94 or '95.”

Lattanzi says that the family has a right to keep the arrowhead, but Andrea Cordle says that they plan to donate it to a museum in Trenton

"I think it's super cool that this happened,” said Andrea. "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. It would make a great addition because of the story of where it was found.”

Sources: NY Daily News, Asbury Park Press