With its supreme workmanship and preservation, this flint MOUSTERIAN HAND AXE is a RARE, prize specimen. It shows classic MTA or MAT (Mousterian in Acheulian Tradition) typology with its faceted proximal end and bifacial flaking. Unlike their much larger predecessors of the Sahara during the Acheulian, Mousterian hand axes are much smaller in comparison. Not only are Mousterian hand axes considered some of the rarest and most prized tools of the Neanderthals, this exquisite representation is a perfectly executed example, COMPLETE WITH NO MODERN DAMAGE. The entire surface features a naturally lustrous soil sheen and a warm, greenish gray patina. Authenticity is evidenced by the presence of patina and minerals deep in hinge fractures and microscopic crevices. COMPLETE AND AS MADE.
This rare hand axe was fashioned out of flint by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago and discovered in a Middle Paleolithic site in France. Fine quality Mousterian Neanderthal tools are rare and often move from one private collection to the next as most sites are now depleted, destroyed, built over and all are protected by law forbidding modern day digging. It is probable by simple logistics, that over time, high grade archeological tools will most definitely appreciate as collector demand continues to outpace the finite supply circulating among collectors that buy pieces and never resell. Investment aside, no Paleolithic collection should be without representative tools of one of the most famous primitive humans in history!