No artifact could be more important or impressive than the first stone tool of primitive humans. This particular tool is a classic pebble tool scraper manufactured in the Oldowan tradition. It dates back to the VERY FIRST humans of Europe! This magnificent pebble tool was fashioned by Homo erectus over half a million years ago, made from a flint pebble. It was found where a primitive settlement of these early humans once lived, near the eastern English Coast by the Thames River in England. The site's age has been determined through stratigraphic studies.
Classic textbook features abound in this superb example. Several strategic flakes were removed by opposing strikes, to create a sharp cutting edge. There is even a flaked area on one side that serves as a finger grip, as shown in the photos. Much of the original pebble outer cortex remains, providing a naturally ergonomic grip on the tool versus a sharp flake. A heavy colorful patina and intact mineral deposits deep in flaked micro-crevices, provide proof of the age and authenticity and are features not seen in modern forgeries. Workmanship is excellent affording a well-thought out design and functional grip when held.
WARNING: There are a host of these "tools" for sale on Ebay and many online sellers' websites providing less information and understanding of Lower Paleolithic specimens. Many of these sources offer nothing more than damaged ancient river cobbles caused by environmental action (glacial disturbance, frost damage, etc.) or modern made fakes. Every broken cobblestone found is NOT a human-created Paleolithic tool! The determination of what is man-made and what is an ordinary broken river rock requires a very high level of understanding Paleolithic tool manufacture and technique as well as the experience to be able to differentiate the two and authenticate a genuine stone tool from this culture. Know your source and only deal with well-informed sellers who can help you understand the difference.