A study published this week has discovered spear points of ancient times near Austin in Texas. They are supposed to be the oldest weapons ever found in North America. Researchers at Texas A&M estimates the spear points to be 15,500 years old and around three to four inches long. The number of weapons found, around 40 miles northwest of Austin could point towards two separate migrations into North America. They have even said that the spear points even go further back than the Clovis. Clovis refers to a group of people, who are believed to be the first ever to enter America. The research findings were published on Wednesday in the journal, Science Advances.
A professor of anthropology and director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M, Michael Waters said in a statement that spear points were used for hunting purposes in the region. He further said that the finding expands their understanding of the earliest people to explore and settle down in North America. The process of peopling of the Americas was a complex one during the end of the last Ice Age. The complexity is even seen in their genetic record. Waters said that now, they have started to notice this complexity getting reflected in the archaeological record. The authors of the study say that it is quite possible; the projectile point style they found in Texas is, in reality, a distinct style created by all those, who had separately migrated into America earlier.
The previous year saw a study getting published in the journal Nature. It claimed that the ancient humans reached the New World a lot earlier than previously thought. Most of the evidence points towards the first humans, who entered America around 15000 years ago. Still, the study even suggested that humans might have arrived out here at least 130,000 years ago.