This European Acheulean flint flake tool is EXTREMELY RARE and demonstrates the resourcefulness of prehistoric humans. It is a point flake scraper that was made from recycling a flake that had been removed in the manufacture of a hand axe. This is the FIRST TIME we have offered or seen of this type of tool and it is the FIRST time we have offered a flake tool from the European Acheulean! The knowledge that this is a recycled flake comes from the features and form of the flake and comparing it to the technology of flake tools at this period. Most Acheulean flake tools are very large but there are known instances of Homo erectus using debris flakes from hand axes and making them into flake tools that are smaller than usual. This has been documented in many different regions of the world during this era but this is the first time we have handled such a rare specimen and the type of tool it was made into shows a highly refined workmanship!
Fine quality European Acheulean tools are far more rare than their Saharan counterparts and often move from one private collection to the next as many sites are now destroyed, built over or protected. In the past decades, European auctions have routinely set records for the highest prices realized on spectacular examples of Prehistoric European stone tools like this. Finest grade specimens are so few in number while the buyer market continues to expand and chase after the best material with no apparent price ceiling in sight. Nevertheless, the prices STILL, are a paltry comparison to much of the more mature rare collectibles on the market and Paleolithic artifact prices still really don't reflect the substantially higher rarity of these artifacts. As ever-increasing buyer demand continues to pursue the best pieces, the actual number of this material is sobering and we are likely to see prices easily rise ten-fold on top-grade specimens, in the next several years. The words "undervalued" and "collectible" are seldom found together in today's world but the realm of European and African Paleolithic artifacts is one where you can still find an emerging market and one of the greatest promises for future investment.
From a very old former French collection. Today, digging for new specimens is forbidden and has been for decades with most of the best pieces being found in the first half of the last century. Finding an exquisite piece like this ONLY comes from coveted old collections in Europe and hand axes like this usually move from one collection to the next in private collector circles, rarely making it out of the country. Very highly recommended! No Paleolithic collection should be without representative tools of Europe's first humans!
WARNING: This specimen possesses a fine prehistoric patina and mineral deposits. Such traits are missing in the fake tools being passed off as genuine tools by fraudulent and/or uninformed dealers selling in auctions, online, at shops and shows. The market is currently awash in fakes and ancient debris shards sold as genuine Paleolithic tools. Make sure you get an unconditional certificate of authenticity and know your dealer is knowledgeable AND informed.