RARE AFRICAN NEOLITHIC ROUND
STONE GRINDING BOWL
Exposed Saharan Site - Algeria, North Africa
AFRICAN NEOLITHIC PERIOD (CAPSIAN TRADITION): 8,500 - 6,500 years ago
CAPSIAN TRADITION Neolithic artifact was found on an exposed African Neolithic
site in the Sahara Desert in Mali, Northwest Africa. It was fashioned by
ancient man (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 8,500
and 6,500 years ago.
is a RARE compact stone grinding bowl likely used for crushing pigments
for body painting, pottery decoration, art, etc.., or mixing medicines
as it is too small to grind grain like the typical larger basins.
It is in excellent preservation except for one nick on the edge but that
occurred in ancient times. This we know because the patina color
of the damage is identical to the patina of the rest of the specimen as
well as the break is worn from extreme long-term desert exposure.
This highly aesthetic Neolithic stone bowl is made from quartzite and is
very heavy in its design with a well-made round profile and deep base.
This is the first round stone bowl grinding basin we have offered.
An intriguing and fascinating compliment to a collection of tools and
weapons demonstrating all aspects of this life and culture.
Perfect with NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
Beware of fakes as many of
these types of Saharan artifacts dominate the market now and are made so
convincingly real that all but the most trained eye is fooled.
the final Pleistocene and early Holocene Periods around 10,000 years
ago, the Sahara was believed to be a highly favorable environment for
hunters, gatherers and pastoralists. Freshwater lakes existed
between the dunes in what is now the Tenere region, Lake Chad was eight
times its current size, the highlands supported Mediterranean forest
trees, and a large fauna of animals flourished. The slow drying
out process of the Sahara, began 7,000 years ago and ended 4500 years
ago resulting in the barren conditions that exist to this day. As
we progress from the time from the end of the Pleistocene to the end of
the Paleolithic Period, we see man relying more on meat from raised
animals as opposed to hunted animals.
the end of the Pleistocene Period in North Africa, a blade industry
developed called the CAPSIAN TRADITION. The Capsian
industry runs simultaneously with the Oranian industry and began around
11,000 years ago (9,000 years ago in the Northwest region). This later tradition is
responsible for the influence of the Oranian industry and eventually
succeeds it at the close of Paleolithic Period, ushering in the
Neolithic Age of stone tool manufacture in this region of Africa.
notable during the era of the Capsian tradition is the proliferation of
various blades and bladelets eventually leading to MICROLITHIC technology.
Microliths are tiny flake blade tools and segments of blades that are
used as they are or set in composite tools of wood or bone for use as
barbs or to make saws.
various tools and weapons of the CAPSIAN TRADITION
and Neolithic of the Capsian Tradition represent some of the most delicately flaked and beautifully executed
smaller stone tools of man. By this time, the flaking
methods utilize small punches for extreme control in the removal of
material and shape of the blade being made. Some points were so
perfectly executed that they were not used at all but served as
items of prestige by their owner and are sometimes found in association
with burials. These finest points and blades from this period
rival any stone implement ever made by primitive man and were sometimes
manufactured out of the most stunning gem-grade material such as fine
translucent chalcedony and agate as well as transparent crystalline
quartz. By this late age of lithic tool manufacture, stone
implements have undergone man's development by both trial-and-error and
cognitive thinking spanning an overall time exceeding one million years.
ARTIFACT FOR COLLECTIONS OF THIS PERIOD - POSSIBLY FOR GRINDING PIGMENT
CAP117 Actual Item - One Only