These CAPSIAN TRADITION stone tools were 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. Each is an exceptional and complete specimen, high-graded out of hundreds and hundreds of inferior examples.
The set includes 8 pieces - a large side scraper, two knives, and five arrowheads, a great sampler kit of the various flake tools of this culture and era. All were fashioned out of chert and flint. Each represents some of the many different styles found in this time period and tool tradition. Superb patina and wind sheen can be seen from long-term desert exposure.
The small arrowheads of the Capsian microlithic technology are similar to those found in a late Pleistocene graveyard that was discovered at Jebel Sahaba, north of Wadi Halfa in Sudanese Nubia with burials dating from 14,000 to 12,000 years ago. Some of the skeletons indicated their deaths were caused by microlithic weapons and small arrowhead projectiles like these. One man had 110 artifacts associated with his skeleton which had entered his body as stone barbs and points of projectiles. Two of the projectiles were still embedded in his skull.