2007-12-07 / Community

1200-Year-Old Artifact Found on the Beach

While taking a break from boarding here in Rockaway, Ryan Hoffman started digging in the hard sand and found something unusual. It was a four-inch black pointed stone; it appeared to him to be some type of tool or weapon, like an arrowhead, only larger.

Two weeks after the finding, Ryan and his dad took a trip to Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove, Long Island. This museum specializes in Native American cultures and it has a large display of artifacts.

The curator of the museum, with the help of her staff, confirmed Ryan's suspicion. The stone was indeed a spearhead created by Native Americans and is approximately 1200 years old. The museum staff was unaware of any artifacts previously having been found at the ocean's edge.

The spearhead probably belonged to the Adena people, who were Mound Builders and hunter-gatherers. They lived throughout the Ohio River Valley, Pennsylvania, and NY.

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