MOUSTERIAN FLINT BACKED SCRAPER
Rock Shelter - Dordogne (Village of Plazac), France
PALEOLITHIC PERIOD (MOUSTERIAN): 80,000 - 40,000 years ago
This stone tool was fashioned by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago
out of flint and discovered in the world famous region of Dordogne,
France, considered to be the "Capitol of Prehistory".
The site this specimen was
excavated from is now closed and protected by the government.
This rare artifact was legally
collected with the landowner's permission decades
ago before the area was sealed. Dordogne is one of the world's most
famous Neanderthal regions and the fact that this archeological site is off-limits to any collecting, makes this wonderful stone
tool artifact exceedingly rare and desirable! Fine
quality Mousterian Neanderthal tools are rare and often move from one
private collection to the next as many sites are now destroyed, built
over or protected.
It is probable by simple logistics, that over time, high grade
archeological tools will most definitely appreciate as collector demand
continues to outpace the finite supply circulating amongst collectors
that buy pieces and never resell. Investment aside, no Paleolithic
collection should be without representative tools of one of the most
famous primitive humans in history!
specimen is classified as a backed scraper. It displays a used and
resharpened cutting edge. Designed for left hand use and with
original flint nodule cortex seen as the white rind on the proximal
end. Lightly encrusted with the original occupation
layer deposits. This rare
Neanderthal tool was collected in a rock shelter from a subterranean
level that was once a Neanderthal occupation layer. Famous site find!
NO RESTORATION, NO
REPAIR and NO MODERN DAMAGE. Our
fortunate purchase of a very old private collection from the original
excavator allows us to offer this artifact
at a price WELL BELOW ITS BOOK VALUE.
MOUSTERIAN tool tradition gets its name from artifacts discovered at a
primitive rock shelter named Le Moustier located in southwestern
France. Compared to the bulkier tools of the Acheulian produced by
the Levallois technique, Mousterian tools are comprised of smaller
flakes from an exhaustively worked core which are then retouched on the
edges to make a large variety of tools. These tools are not only
smaller than Acheulian specimens, but they are more specialized for
their various tasks. Mousterian tools can be broadly put into four
classes: 1) SAWS (Denticulate Tools) and KNIVES, 2) SCRAPERS
3) BORERS 4) HANDAXES, CHOPPERS and CLEAVERS.
tool-makers were the primitive humans knows as the NEANDERTHALS.
Neanderthals had robust skeletons and teeth, flat foreheads and heavy
brow ridges. Their skulls were larger than a modern man and
contained an average brain capacity of 1500 cc, averaging slightly
larger than humans of today.
INTACT SPECIMEN WITH LAYER DEPOSITS - SITE NOW CLOSED AND PROTECTED!
2.1" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX Actual Item - One Only