A Virginia boy has donated a prehistoric projectile point that he found along the New Jersey shore to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Noah Cordle was vacationing on Long Beach Island with his family in late August when the point struck the 10-year-old’s leg at the water’s edge in Beach Haven.
Archaeology curator Dennis Stanford tells the Asbury Park Press it’s the first Clovis point the museum has ever received from New Jersey. He estimates it’s 13,000 to 13,500 years old.
Cordle’s father, Brian, says the family was happy to donate it and picked the Smithsonian because it is closer to their Lorton, Virginia, home.
The museum will give the family a replica of the point.