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CAP182 - MUSEUM-CLASS CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC STONE GRINDING MILL WITH SUPERB BELL-SHAPED RUBBING STONE

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CAP182 - MUSEUM-CLASS CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC STONE GRINDING MILL WITH SUPERB BELL-SHAPED RUBBING STONE

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ITEM # 
CAP182
ID
Neolithic of Capsian Tradition Tool
FOUND
Exposed Site - Sahara Desert, NW Africa
AGE
CAPSIAN CULTURE :  8500 - 6500 years ago
SIZE
12.5" x 10" overall, pestle is 3" x 2"
CONDITION
INTACT AND COMPLETE - NO REPAIR OR
RESTORATION
NOTE
AN AUTHENTIC AFRICAN NEOLITHIC
GRINDING MILL SET IN UNDAMAGED
CONDITION IN A MARKET AWASH IN
FAKES OF THIS TYPE. 

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This is a RARE and COMPLETE, UNBROKEN grinding mill and rubbing stone used by Neolithic people from this period to grind grain for food.  Rarely available on the market, this is an  essential centerpiece of any collection of this Neolithic culture as this is what the Neolithic was all about - PREPARING food from cultivated / domesticated crops instead of relying on gathering naturally-occurring plants for food.  The deep, compact mill is made of red quartzite and features a robust construction with a finely pecked and ground edge and flat top.  The mill is solid quartzite and shows desert exposure wear and patina as well as mineralized sediments still attached.  The rubbing stone is a rare BELL-SHAPED  example and it too, is perfect and complete with a heavy golden patina.  Both, the grinding basin and mortar are INTACT and shows wonderful desert mineral patina in the crevices.  The basin has a substantial thickness to it with obvious pecked shaping and grinding on the edges.  Underside is also nicely pecked and ground around a perimeter with a natural surface left in the underside center.  NO RESTORATION AND NO REPAIR. 

These mills did not used to be so terribly rare but their large size have made them easy to spot by nomads and much of the Northern Sahara has been picked clean of these Neolithic mills.  In a time period over the last 10 years, COMPLETE and AUTHENTIC specimens like this have become EXTREMELY scarce.  In auctions, online sellers, shows and Ebay, we see nothing but fakes being sold.  Week after week for years!, Ebay has some sellers that routinely sell outright fake African Neolithic grinding mills.  These sellers have thousands of feedbacks and yet, with years of selling obvious fakes, NOT A SINGLE FEEDBACK IS NEGATIVE!!!!!!!  One way to tell is to wash the mill off with soap, warm water and a scrub brush.  True mills with thousands of years of impacted sediment, wind erosion and mineral encrustations, will be impossible to scrub clean.  Fakes will come clean and have no variation in color or surface texture like an authentic specimen.  See the photos above.  Under magnification, authentic stone Neolithic artifacts will have deep MICROSCOPIC crevices stained and impacted with minerals.  Fakes will not have this.  The sheer number of fake stone tools being produced in Morocco, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria, for example, is staggering.  And this junk routinely makes its way to the market every year. 

This NEOLITHIC OF CAPSIAN TRADITION artifact was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa.  It was made and used by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 8,500 and 6,500 years ago. 

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