North America's oldest weapon may have been upgraded in Texas. Our weapons contain 11 spearheads dating back around 15 500…
North America’s oldest weapon may have been upgraded in Texas. Our weapons contain 11 spearheads dating back around 15 500 years. The exciting discovery means that people arrived in America earlier than previously thought.
Researchers have discovered many artifacts while digging at the Debra L. Friedkin area about 40 miles northwest of Austin in central Texas. This site has undergone extensive excavation in recent years.
The old spikes on the site are about 3-4 inches long and predetermined Clovis, who believed to be the first people to appear in America.
Clovis people created their own distinctive style with tools, including the “Clovis Point”, a spear-shaped stone weapon. These weapons are found in Texas and other parts of North America and used to chase animals like mothers and mastodons about 1
3,000 years ago.
“There is no doubt that these weapons were used for hunting in the area at that time,” said Michael Waters from Texas A & M University. “The discovery is significant because almost all pre-Clovis sites have stone tools, but spikes are not yet available. These items were found under a Clovis and Folsom projectile layer. Clovis dates from 13,000 to 12,700 years ago and Folsom after that. The dream has always have been to find diagnostic artifacts – such as projectile tracks – which can be recognized as older than Clovis and this is what we have on the Friedkin website. “
The newly discovered spearhead suggests in an earlier separate migration into America. They are made of chert and found several meters during a deposit.
“The findings extend our understanding of the earliest people to explore and settle in North America,” says Waters. “The American population at the end of the last Ice Age was a complex process and this complexity is seen in their genetic records. Now we begin to see this complexity reflected in the archaeological record.”