This set of NEOLITHIC OF CAPSIAN TRADITION knapped celt stone axes was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. Each was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. The axes are of reduced bifacial design, all made siltstone, with two showing amazing natural layer erosion in the stone from thousands of years of wind erosion in the desert. It is uncertain what axes of this size would have been used for. Possibly for refined work to shape wood objects, as they were originally sharp on the cutting edge, and affixed to a handle. They could have also been mounted to a long handle and used as a swift swinging deadly striking weapon.
Each specimen shows extensive flaking and excellent workmanship. Extreme patina and mineral deposits from the desert exposure are evidence of their extreme age.