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CAP193 - PAIR OF TENERIAN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC UNIFACIAL LEAF BLADES FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE GREEN SAHARA

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CAP193 - PAIR OF TENERIAN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC UNIFACIAL LEAF BLADES FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE GREEN SAHARA

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ID
Tenerian Neolithic Tool
FOUND
Exposed Site - Tenere
- South Central Sahara Desert
AGE
TENERIAN CULTURE:  7500 - 5300 years
SIZE
2.45" and 1.85" in lengths
CONDITION
INTACT AND COMPLETE - NO REPAIR
OR RESTORATION. PERFECT!
NOTE
TWO MATCHED LEAF BLADES FOUND
TOGETHER AND IN PERFECT
PRESERVATION. MADE IN BEAUTIFUL DARK
PURPLE QUARTZITE WITH "DESERT
VARNISH" WIND EROSION SHEEN.

FROM
AN AFRICAN NEOLITHIC CULTURE
RARELY SEEN IN ANY COLLECTIONS,
PUBLIC OR PRIVATE!
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX - Actual Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of
authenticity / information sheet

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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 area was once a humid lake region that was home to a 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 and Tenerian Neolithic Culture of that famous discovery. 

Made of beautiful dark purple quartzite, this is an associated pair of UNIFACIAL LEAF BLADES, found together.  They have a satin gloss from "desert varnish", a sheen caused by millennia of exposure to the wind, eroding and polishing the surface of the stone.   Like most flaked stone objects from the region, they were fashioned out of quartzite which is EXTREMELY difficult to flake to such detail and fineness, unlike flint or chert.  It is expertly made and complete with no damage, repair or restoration.  Evidence of use and reuse in the worn edges, is visible.  Highly recommended for advanced collections as when we are sold out of this collection, they will be gone forever.  COMPLETE AND PERFECT AS ORIGINALLY MADE.  NO RESTORATION and NO REPAIR. 

The Tenerian Neolithic people have left behind some of the most amazing flaked artifacts of any African Neolithic culture. Large, very thin discoidal, ovate and leaf-shaped scrapers and blades, are their hallmarks of a highly skilled and advanced stone tool industry.  The piece offered here is exemplary of that culture and their achievement!

We are very fortunate to have acquired an old French collection of these artifacts, years ago.  Nevertheless, we have a very limited amount and once sold, we most certainly will never be able to replace them.  Objects from the Tenerian African Neolithic culture are so rare that not even most major museums have a single object in their collection. 

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 savanna.  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.. 

In 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. 

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