Ancient Stone Artifacts Found in Stomach of Dead 750-Pound Mississippi Alligator

The discoveries were made earlier this month when hunter John Hamilton of White Oak, Miss., took the alligator to be processed at Red Antler Processing in Yazoo City. FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT

A pair of ancient stone artifacts were reportedly found in the stomach of a 750-pound alligator in Mississippi, leading to some outlandish theories on social media.

This includes talk of the alligator itself being ancient — and questions about “who” it ate to end up with Native American tools in its digestive system.

The discovery was made this month when hunter John Hamilton of White Oak, Miss., took a freshly harvested alligator to be processed at Red Antler Processing in Yazoo City.

“We have been cutting into a few big gators to see what was in their stomach. Everyone so far has had something cool in it,” Red Antler Processing wrote Sept. 2 on Facebook. “The 13-foot 5-inch gator brought in by John Hamilton today, produced the shock of the year!”

Inside, the gator were two stones that turned out to be a broken arrowhead and a plummet, which is a type of fishing weight used by Native Americans, historians say. The two artifacts are from different parts of the Archaic Period, which ranges from 10,000 to 3,000 years ago, experts say.

“It was just disbelief,” processing owner Shane Smith told the Clarion Ledger Thursday. “Your first thought is it ate (a Native American) or (a Native American) shot it in the stomach. … I’m probably the only person on Earth to pull an arrowhead out of an alligator’s stomach.”

The artifacts were found among “lots of fish bones and scales, feathers, balls of hair, persimmon seeds … pieces of wood and a lot of stinky bile liquids that burn your skin,” the plant said.

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SOURCE: Charlotte Observer, Mark Price