SUPERB MUSEUM GRADE TENEREAN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC
LARGE STONE KNIFE BLADE WITH PIERCING TIP FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE GREEN SAHARA
Exposed Site - South Central Sahara Desert
AFRICAN NEOLITHIC PERIOD: 4,600 - 2,500 B.C.
The Earth has been
warming and cooling for millions of year, well long before humans were
on the planet. One of the most dramatic examples of climatic
change in the last 10,000 years is the desiccation of what is now the
Sahara desert. Prior to as recent as 3000 B.C., the South Central
Sahara region in Africa was a humid lake savannah. It was home to
a thriving culture of ancient humans known as the Tenerians and before
them, the Kiffians. The occupation of this area by these two
peoples occurred continuously from around 7700 B.C. to the drying of the
Sahara in 2500 B.C..
On a dinosaur
fossil-hunting expedition in 2000 by a team of scientific explorers led
by Paul Sereno, a paleodune and ancient lakebed site was discovered that
yielded over 200 ancient burials of Kiffian and Tenerian people.
The scientific findings showed that this region was once a humid lake
region that was home to these hunter-fisher-gatherer people. The
area became known as the "Green Sahara" for its once fertile and
habitable landscape. Noted paleontologist, Dr. Paul Sereno, famous
for other Saharan dinosaur discoveries, shot into the archaeological
spotlight with his discovery of the ancient lakebed cemetery at Gobero
in Niger in the year 2000. Interred in the many burials were
numerous stone tools, ceramics, shells, beads and bone harpoons typical
for the lifestyle of these ancient people of the Green Sahara.
This exceptional AUTHENTIC artifact is similar to the specimens found at
Gobero. It comes from the same period of the Tenerian Neolithic
Culture and region now made famous by this discovery.
This is one of a very few
select Tenerean Neolithic tools we will be offering from this culture as
they are too scarce and no longer able to be found like before.
This is a large KNIFE BLADE with a rare piercing point. It is in
many ways, reminiscent of the gorgeous Pre-Dynastic flint objects of
Egypt's Neolithic Era. Both faces show a flat unifacial surface
with bifacial secondary flaking all around the blade edges. The
tip has been worked into a rare, fine point, making this tool double as
a large BORER. There is a knapped bump on one side that would have
served as a finger rest (shown in the last photo above) and this is an
extremely intelligent concept made in the stone. The stone type is
a stunning golden silicified sandstone.
NO MODERN DAMAGE OR MODERN FLAKING anywhere on this piece
as evidenced by the slightly smooth, wind-worn flaked surface from
long-term desert exposure. Ex-World Museum of Man collection and before that, from a former private
If you want the
pinnacle of craftsmanship from the Tenerean Neolithic stone tool
culture, then THIS is a rare object to have
in your collection. The
site where these were once found is completely clean and long since
fully collected by modern nomads. A Neolithic masterpiece in a
UNDAMAGED AND ORIGINAL
NO RESTORATION and
the final Pleistocene and early Holocene Periods around 10,000 years
ago, the South Central Sahara Desert was once 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 diverse variety of both large and small fauna flourished
there. 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 through time from the end of the Pleistocene towards the end of
the Neolithic Period there, we see humans relying more on meat from raised
animals as opposed to hunted animals that once roamed wild in the
formerly Green Sahara.
A LARGE, PRIZE
TOOL OF THIS CULTURE - EX-MUSEUM SPECIMEN WITH FANTASTIC
WORKMANSHIP AND COLOR -
4.65" in length
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX Actual Item -
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.