A discovery that challenges our ideas of when humans arrived in Texas
Discovered in central Texas, this stone point with a broken tip was made at least 16,000 years ago.
For many years, scientists believed the first Americans came from Asia 13,000 years ago. This discovery suggests humans came to the Americas much earlier.
Used to hunt small game such as frogs and rabbits, the projectile point is one of 150,000 artifacts greater than 14,000 years old found at the Gault archeological site. The site bears evidence of nearly continous human occupation.
Courtesy Gault School of Archaeological Research, San Marcos, Texas
Time Period: BCE - 1518
Exhibit: Becoming Texas
This artifact is currently on view.