Bedford boy finds 1,500-year-old arrowhead on Nova Scotia beach
Museum says artifact will be studied to understand early Mi'kmaq people
A 10-year-old Bedford boy has a cool show-and-tell story after finding a piece of Nova Scotia history, believed to be about 1,500 years old.
Jack Milloy made the discovery Aug. 21 while skipping rocks during a camping trip at a southwestern Nova Scotia Beach.
While searching for a flat, round skipping stone, Malloy felt one of the rocks was sharp. After taking a closer look, he realized it wasn't just a rock, but an arrowhead.
"I took it to a bunch of different people, like my dad and a couple of the lifeguards and [they] said, 'Yeah, it's probably an arrow head,'" said Milloy.
The boy then brought the arrowhead to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
"I just felt like it was the right thing to do because the museum just collects all the right stuff, puts it on display and besides, I've got nothing better to do with it," he said.
Neither Milloy nor the museum would disclose where the arrowhead was found, fearing the beach may be swamped with treasure hunters.
Section 11 of Nova Scotia's Special Places Protection Act states if a person finds a heritage object, such as an arrowhead, it must be turned over to a provincial museum, unless you have a permit.
Roger Lewis, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History's curator of ethnology, believes the arrowhead is 1,500 years old.
He suspects people find them regularly.
"But it's very rare that we get young men like [Jack Milloy] bringing an artifact into our attention," said Lewis.
Lewis said the arrowhead will be studied to understand early Mi'kmaq people.