North Africa, northwestern Sahara Desert, Lower Paleolithic period, ca. 1.2 to 800000 years ago. A classic Oldowan pebble chopper axe, a perfect example of the earliest primary human stone tool of the Oldowan Tradition of Africa's Lower Paleolithic Period. This specific example possesses a pointed tip, rare for the Oldowan phase, that would become a typical feature of the later Acheulian technology where hand axes show pointed tips rather than crude chopping ends. It is made from quartzite and shows a beautiful multi-color patina. Not only is this a wonderfully aesthetic specimen due to its form, the dark red, brown and light tan colors really add additional beauty. These multiple colors are caused by the axe laying undisturbed and exposed on one side in the desert for hundreds of thousands of years. Size: 3.75" L x 3.5" W x 1.65" H (9.5 cm x 8.9 cm x 4.2 cm)
The minute crevices of the surface of the stone show no modern crushing or flaking and are filled with desert sediment testifying to its authenticity. It shows a chisel end made by several opposing strikes. An ideal hand axe for butchering large hunted game of the time such as prehistoric giraffe, bison, or elephants.
Provenance: acquired in 2010 from a French collector
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