Boy Ancient Clovis Point: Boy Donates Ancient Find To Smithsonian

November 5, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Boy ancient Clovis point donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. A 10-year-old boy named Noah Cordle, who found a Clovis point that is between 13,500 and 14,000 years old, has decided to donate it to the Smithsonian.

Boy Ancient Clovis

A boy’s ancient Clovis point that might be between 13,500 and 14,000 years old, has been donated to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

In August, Noah Cordle, who was vacationing in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, found an ancient Clovis point. The little boy, who did not have his glasses at the time, thought the arrowhead he found was a shark tooth.

His father, Brian Cordle, was sure that it was an arrowhead, but told himself it must be a replica. But Noah’s mother Andrea did some quick Google searches and found out that the shape of the arrowhead was similar to other Clovis projectiles.

The family contacted Greg Lattanzi at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, who confirmed that it was; indeed, an ancient Clovis point.

Lattanzi, assistant curator of the archaeology and ethnography bureau of the museum and president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, stated that Noah had found a well preserved Paleoindian point, between 8,000 and 11,000 years old.

The boy’s ancient Clovis point was turned over to the National Museum of Natural History where Dennis Stanford, the curator of archaeology and his wife, Pegi Jodry, a research archaeologist determined that Noah’s point was even older than Lattanzi’s estimate.

The pair believe that the boy’s ancient Clovis point is from 13,000 to 13,500 years ago.

The family originally planned to donate the artifact to the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, but they changed their minds. Brian Cordle said that The Smithsonian will provide the family with a replica of Noah’s point. Stanford added:

“There will be no end of students and scholars coming to look at Noah’s Clovis point, so we’re very pleased to have it — but we’re even more pleased that Noah found it and brought it to us.”

The boy who wanted to be an artist is now thinking about a career in science. Noah said:

“I was already pretty interested in science before this.but this brings it up to a whole new level.”

What are your thoughts on the boy’s ancient Clovis point?

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  1. BOSUX says:

    This is the result of proper training by parents, and a fine young man who applied the lessons he learned.

  2. Darlene Floyd says:

    Pay him


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