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OMALIEN CULTURE LARGE FLINT SIDE SCRAPER - St. Georges, Belgium

EARLY NEOLITHIC PERIOD:  7000 - 6000 years ago

This rare prehistoric flint tool was expertly crafted by the first inhabitants of what is now present day Belgium known as the Omaliens.  These tribes were famous for being the first to practice farming and animal husbandry.  Their tools represent extreme skill in craftsmanship and design being fashioned of the finest quality flint mined in this region of Europe.  Tools from the Omaliens are rarely available for public sale and represent an excellent opportunity to acquire a genuine stone tool artifact from some of first agriculturalists of Europe!

This beautiful Omalien flint side scraper is very large in comparison to most that were found at the site.  It features superb skill in the flake retouching on the edges and one full side is original cortex on surface.  The masterfully done cutting edge shows well-place micro-knapping.  The flint is of the finest quality from this famous Neolithic culture.  This tool is intact with no modern damage, repair or restoration.

A big step forward in the history of humanity is the introduction of agriculture and stock breeding.  About 10,000 years ago the earliest farmers emerge in the Ancient Near East.  The new way of food production reached the Belgian region 4,000 years later with the majority  of settlements found on Belgium's most fertile soils.  The presence of large numbers of post holes on those sites clearly indicates that these people lived in large wooden long houses, divided in three parts (stable, living quarters and storage).  With the advent of food production comes the need for a second innovation - pottery.  

Although the Omaliens were present for thousands of years, they mysteriously disappeared leaving only their black, richly decorated pottery with loop handles for hanging, millstones and well-made tools.  No graves, or urns of ashes have been found and most particularly, no weapons, indicating a peace-loving people.

Omalien prehistoric tools are rare and unique from a culture that has yet to be fully studied.  

UNCOMMONLY LARGE WITH EXPERT FLAKE RETOUCH AND ONE SIDE ENTIRELY CORTEX!

2.25" in length

$125     N015     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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