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This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandy

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SmithsonianMag has a piece on the recent discovery of an ancient clovis point, which experts estimate to be about 14,000 years old. The tool was recovered by a science loving 5th Grader from New Jersey while boogie boarding.

Experts consider the Clovis to be among the first Americans. Stanford says the artifact is “a classic Clovis point”, dating from 13,500 to 14,000 years ago and made of a silicate, probably jasper. The museum will conduct a morphometric analysis to study its shape and how it was made. Stanford says it’s black because it had been in salt water for so long, left behind when sea levels rose after the Ice Age.

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