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CAP124 - SET OF FIVE CAPSIAN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC STONE WAR AXES

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CAP124 - SET OF FIVE CAPSIAN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC STONE WAR AXES

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ITEM # 
CAP124
ID
Neolithic of Capsian Tradition Tool
FOUND
Exposed Site - Sahara Desert, NW Africa
AGE
CAPSIAN CULTURE :  8500 - 6500 years ago
SIZE
4"- 3" in lengths
CONDITION
INTACT AND COMPLETE -  
NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION
NOTE
SUPERB EXAMPLES OF CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC
STONE AXES OF VARIOUS DESIGN.
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX - Actual Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet

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This set CAPSIAN TRADITION ground and polished stone axes was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa.  They all were fashioned by Neolithic humans between 8,500 and 6,500 years ago.

This is a set of FIVE ground stone war axes from this period.  The axes are of different designs all are are made of different types of stone.  Axes used as weapons in battle were small enabling them to be wielded quickly and sharpened easier when severely damaged.  This is a spectacular set of various typologies with some interesting examples included like the long hammer type axe second from the left.  Perfect for a collection of primitive and prehistoric weapons, these axes include the display case as shown above.  Original sediment from the site were collected is still intact on the surfaces.  Each specimen shows extensive pecking and grinding to form the axes.  Extreme patina and mineral deposits from the desert exposure are evidence of their extreme age.  There are a nicks to the chopping end which are ancient.  NO RESTORATION and NO REPAIR.   This type of axe is classic to the Neolithic Period all over the world in every culture.  Ground axes typify the "New Stone Age" (Neolithic) and their appearance ushered in this period and a change in axe design along with it.  These axes were either hafted to a wooden handle or set into the handle, sometimes using an antler sheath as a shock absorber as have been found in European sites.  These axes were completely formed by rubbing a rough stone blank on gritty sandstone, using sand as an abrasive.  The cutting edge and surface was finished on finer grained stone for a smoother polish.  Similar to the European Neolithic ground and polished axes, the African Neolithic types were completely ground to form.  The cutting edge of the axes are also similar to their European counterparts in that they are ground to form a sturdy chopping edge and easily resharpened in the same manner.   

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