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M220 - ACHEULIAN BASALT HANDAXE MADE BY HOMO ERGASTER FROM NORTH AFRICA

$225.00
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M220 - ACHEULIAN BASALT HANDAXE MADE BY HOMO ERGASTER FROM NORTH AFRICA

$225.00
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ID
Acheulian Tool
FOUND
Exposed Site
- Sahara Desert, NW Africa
AGE
ACHEULIAN:
1.2 million - 500,000 years
SIZE
4.4" long x 2.9" wide
CONDITION
INTACT AND COMPLETE. 
NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.
NOTE
CLASSIC FORM ACHEULIAN 
HAND AXE FROM AFRICA.
COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL
UNBROKEN TIP.

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This is a classic form, BIFACIAL HAND AXE of the Acheulian Tradition, made out of basalt.  The majority of hand axes we have seen and sold from this region are found in quartzite so an example made in basalt is a great addition to a collection to display the different stones used in the Lower Paleolithic of Africa. 

This hand axe displays typical bifacial Acheulian flaking technology.  The flat proximal end fits well against the palm when held.  The sharp tip is original and as it was made hundreds of thousands of years ago.  Original sediment and some mineral encrustations are still present in microscopic crevices and cracks - a trait ONLY found in authentic Paleolithic artifacts like these.  Tip and edges are intact with remarkable detail in the flaking on the edges.  In "as found" ORIGINAL condition with NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION. 

This quartzite handaxe was made and used by early humans of the primitive species Homo erectus (ergaster).  It was surface-collected from an exposed Acheulian site in the Sahara Desert of North Africa.  This Lower Paleolithic tool represents the first intelligent design type known to science that was made by primitive humans.  Prior to these Saharan Acheulian handaxes, only crude pebble and flake tools existed in the human fossil record.

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