Bob Pinto

Coastsider Bob Pinto, a retired forester, shares his knowledge of arrowheads and other indigenous technology, with interested locals at Senior Coastsiders recently.

A group of geology enthusiasts, natural history buffs and anthropology fans went back in time 10,000 years to learn about traditional arrow-making from Coastsider Bob Pinto, a forester who retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

“There are different dates in different areas, but generally, most archeologists and anthropologists will agree that the arrow came about 10,000 years ago,” said Pinto. Prior to that, people hunted with spears and atlatls, which required hunters to stand closer to their prey.

April Seager is a staff writer covering events and endeavors in the Coastside community. She received a master of arts in German literature from Brigham Young University and completed graduate work in German studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  

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Dan Stegink

Coastsiders making arrowheads (aka flint knapping )can find the same plentifiul Green Chert stone native Americans used for thousands of years at the Pacifica Limestone Quarry- the site of the ancient prehistoric village of Timigtac, and close to the epicenter of both the March 1957 and March 2023 earthquakes which pushed up both stone and buried native american artifacts.

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