These CAPSIAN TRADITION flake tool was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. It was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. This Neolithic artifact was hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior stone tools of the era and region.
This choice grade specimen is an enormous COMBINATION GRAVER (BURIN) and KNIFE, made out of beautiful plum brown spotted flint. The burin is characterized by blow to the end that breaks off part of the tip to create a flat edge to an extremely sharp engraving edge, in this case a very fine point. This kind of tool would be used to engrave designs on ivory, bone, wood and even softer stone. It is THE LARGEST of this tool type and the finest, we have yet to see, from the Capsian Neolithic. It would have been ideally suited to create object of art such as carvings or engraving designs. The dual-purpose side also serves as a very sharp knife edge towards the tip.
It is of the finest quality and is complete, displaying the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, surpassing all commonly found tools.