This fine set of TWO African Neolithic in the CAPSIAN TRADITION war axes was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. The axes were masterfully fashioned by Neolithic humans between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago.
This is a superb set showing two differing war axe styles utilizing both knapping and grinding manufacture techniques. Both axes are in superb, complete condition with colors that set them apart from most others. The one purple one is especially stunning with a thin blood-red banding running through the middle.
Axes used as weapons in battle were small enabling them to be wielded quickly and sharpened easier when severely damaged. These are superb examples of this kind of primitive stone-age weapon. They each show a lustrous thick patina from extreme desert exposure. These axes display the finest workmanship and make a great compliment to a collection at a very affordable price. Similar to the European Neolithic flint axes, the African Neolithic types were partially ground and partially knapped. The cutting edge of the axes are also similar to their European counterparts in that they are ground to form a sturdy chopping edge. Specimens like these were hafted in wood or bone handles. Wonderful wind sheen to the surface. By this period in time, the Sahara was nearly devoid of trees needing axes to cut them down so the only purpose left for axes of this nature would have been for use as weapons.