This authentic stone tool was fashioned by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago out of flint and collected from a former Neanderthal occupation site in France, considered to be the "Capitol of Prehistory". The site this specimen was excavated from is now closed and protected by the government. The fact that this archeological site is off-limits to any collecting, makes this wonderful stone tool artifact exceedingly rare and desirable! Because collecting these artifacts has been off-limits for decades, genuine fine grade Mousterian Neanderthal tools such as this specimen are most certain to continue to appreciate in value as time goes on.
This is a FINEST GRADE large Neanderthal flint flake tool classified as a DISCOIDAL SCRAPER. An rare feature (and most certainly one of curiosity to its former Neanderthal owner!) is the fossil shell imprint on one side that was flaked. At a size as large as many Neanderthal bifaces, this impressive scraper possesses and broad, curved cutting edge that would have been useful to de-flesh hides and scrape animal skins. Extensive wear use and secondary prehistoric retouch and sharpening on the cutting edge are plainly visible. Part of the original flint cobble outer cortex was retained on the grip end, most likely for a rough area to hold better, as well as an aesthetic contrast to the warm gold and lime green hues in the flint.
This fantastic flake tool is complete with evidence of prehistoric use. Present are intact mineral deposits and deep patina on the flint surfaces and hinge fractures to testify to its authenticity and lack of any modern alterations. A superb example from this famous Neanderthal region!