Prehistoric artifacts, including a 6000 BC Native American spearhead, have been found in the stomach of a 13ft alligator in Mississippi
- A group of hunters captured the 750-pound reptile in Eagle Lake, Mississippi
- It ‘produced the shock of the year’ when butchers discovered artifacts inside
- An expert has identified one object as a dart point that is thousands of years old
Ancient artifacts — including a weapon part created thousands of years ago — were found in the belly of a 750-pound alligator killed in Mississippi.
Outdoorsman John Hamilton said he was on “the hunt of a lifetime” after capturing the 10-foot-tall beast, later discovering that its stomach contents contained a Native American spear portion dating back to 6000 BC.
“What a yacht,” Hamilton said on his Facebook page on Sept. 6 after making the catch.
That’s not all — an expert who examined the unearthed contents said the alligator’s stomach also housed a mysterious gear known as a plumb bob, which dates back to 1700 BC.
Red River Processing, which dissected the swamp animal, said the alligator “caused the shock of the year.”
A member of a Mississippi hunting team poses with a 750 alligator, which was later revealed to have at least two ancient artifacts — thousands of years old — in its stomach
The contents included an arrowhead dating to 6000 BC and a plumb bob from 1700 BC
James Starnes of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, who examined photos of the finds, said one object dates to the Early Archaic Period, about 5000-6000 B.C., The Clarion Ledger reported.
Starnes, the division director of surface geology and surface mapping, said that although the piece resembles an arrowhead, it is actually the tip of an early weapon.
Its purpose was to help increase the speed of a launched spear.
“That’s an atlatl dart point,” Starnes told the outlet. “People think all heads are arrowheads, but that (arrowheads) would be the little dots.”
The 13-foot alligator was captured in Eagle Lake, Mississippi, and transported for processing
Less surprising was that the harvested alligator also had bone fragments and feathers in its stomach
A second prehistoric artifact discovered in the alligator’s stomach was identified by Starnes as a “sink-sink” dating back to 1700 BC.
The purpose of the iron object was not clear.
“The cellars, we really have no idea what they were used for,” Starnes said. “These things had some meaning, but we have no idea. We can only guess.’
Red Antler Processing, which harvested the animal, said it had recently cut into alligators to see what the stomach contents contained.
The trend started in April after a South Carolina butcher opened the stomach of a 12-foot, 445-pound land alligator and discovered some unexpected objects.
Corday’s said in a Facebook post it had found five dog tags, a bullet casing, a spark plug, turtles and several bobcat claws in the alligator.
Earlier this year, a South Carolina butcher’s shop found dog tags and a bullet casing in an alligator’s belly
An employee of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks told The Clarion Ledger that hard objects help alligators digest food.
“Alligators, like other animals such as birds and other reptiles, are known for ingesting grit and stones to aid digestion,” alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt told the outlet. “We know that alligators and crocodiles do.”
Reptile hunting is legal in some states, including Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas.