A gift from 5,000 years ago (US)





Jordan Emmett, 8, was walking past a street construction project near his Safety Harbor home when he saw something red sticking out of the dirt. It was this roughly 5,000-year-old spear point.

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.

But the red thing turned out to be a roughly 5,000-year-old spear point made by the seminomadic 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.



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