LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A girl has found what appears to be an ancient spear point on a New Jersey beach.
Eleven-year-old Victoria Doroshenko’s discovery in Long Branch over the Labor Day weekend came weeks after a Virginia boy found a projectile point from the Paleoindian period in Beach Haven.
The Fair Lawn resident tells the Asbury Park Press she was just looking for shells when she found the dark-colored stone. [Click link for photo]
Greg Lattanzi with the New Jersey State Museum says he believes the girl's object was made in the Adena culture between 1,000 B.C. and 100 B.C. Lattanzi estimates the spear could be about 6,000 years old.
Complicating the identification process is the spear point appears to be unfinished. The currents of the ocean provides another complication -- scientists must account for how far the spear traveled in the wear and tear of the water.
The boy's projectile point was from the early-to-mid-Paleoindian period, which dates as far back as 13,500 B.C.