Audrey Stanick, 58, found what is now proven to be an ancient artifact along the shoreline of Seaside Heights in New Jersey.
The beachcomber, who was looking for sea glass, instead found a 10,000-year-old "projectile point" made by the Paleoindian people - natives who entered North America during the Ice Age, according to the Examiner.
"I noticed it because it was very dark and shiny, and my sister from Florida who likes to collect sharks' teeth taught me to always look out for dark and shiny things at the beach. Then, I remembered a boy made a similar discovery last year, so I got in contact with the museum," said Stanick, The Inquisitr reported.
Stanick called the New Jersey State Museum to have her discovery checked. Gregory Lattanzi, assistant curator of archaeology and ethnography at the museum, reviewed the object.
Through the images that Lattanzi and his colleagues reviewed, they were able to pronounce that the point was a significant find. When they had the chance to examine the actual artifact, they were able to verify that it was a tool from the Middle Period. David Parris, curator of natural history, also examined the object under a microscope and identified the material as flint, USA Today reported.