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15 August 2009
5,000-year-old spear point found by a boy in Florida

Jordan Emmett, 8, was walking past a street construction project near his Safety Harbor home (Florida, USA) when he saw something red sticking out of the dirt. 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 semiĀ­nomadic 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. "It's known as part of the Newnan cluster of projectile points," said James Dwyer, curator of archaeology for the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History.
     Jordan's discovery comes almost exactly one year after a city worker found a spear point between 6,000 and 8,000 years old at the Marshall Street Park across from Joyce Street where he lives. Dwyer said Jordan's spear point was used to hunt small game, such as rabbits, deer and raccoons. "It's still sharp," Jordan said, tracing the side of the weapon with his finger.

Source: Tampabay.com (12 August 2009)

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