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 with varying shapes, and made of siltstone. Some show a bi-colored patina from thousands of years exposed in the desert, laying undisturbed on one side. It is uncertain what axes of this size would have been used for but most likely, to shave and shape objects of wood, bone or ivory. Some would have been affixed to a handle.
Each specimen shows extensive flaking and excellent workmanship. Extreme patina and mineral deposits from the desert exposure are evidence of their extreme age.