Two different Florida boys find ancient spear points
- A gift from 5,000 years ago
St. Petersburg Times [USA], August 12, 2009
A striking find by an 8-year-old boy proves this city was an active
hunting ground after the last ice age. When a public works crew was
replacing a storm sewer line on Joyce Street and First Avenue N last
month, Jordan Emmett, a budding archaeologist, went to have a look. "I
saw a red thing sticking up and I brought it home," he said. At first,
his grandfather, Mike Emmett, said he thought it was a piece of plastic.
But the red thing turned out to be a roughly 5,000-year-old spear point
made by the semi-nomadic middle archaic people before the Egyptians
began building pyramids. The well-preserved tool was formed out of
reddish agatized coral that turned into flint 450 million years ago.
It's a little over 2 inches long and weighs about 0.6 ounces.
9-year-old from New Port Richey finds rare 6,000-year-old spear point on
St. Petersburg Times [USA], August 10,
2009 It was the last day of summer camp, July 31, and 9-year-old Alec
Burchick hiked down the Blue Bird Trail at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness
Park. Alec and other youngsters were on the lookout for things like
spiders and snakes, animal tracks and gopher tortoises. "Something
caught my eye in a patch of rocks," he said. "It was different from the
others, so I picked it up." Alec knew he held something unusual, but
little did he suspect it was a 6,000-year-old artifact.