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The oldest weapons in North America offer a new view of prehistoric tech

The Paleoamerican migration plot thickens.
a sliver of rock sharpened to a rounded point, on mud

A 15,000 year old stemmed point.

Texas A&M University

History exists in the past, but that doesn’t mean it’s static. New findings, published Wednesday in Science Advances, illustrate the discovery of a dozen projectile points at the Debra L. Friedkin site from the Buttermilk Creek complex in Central Texas. Those spearheads date back to more than 13,500 years ago, making them possibly the oldest weapons ever found in North America, and also painting a more complex picture of what we previously thought we knew about the continent’s first humans.

Spear points are a pretty iconic aspect of the , an old culture of Paeloamerican hunter-gatherers. Those points typically date back to between 13,000 and 12,700 years ago, and are lanceolate

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