Truly, no artifact could be more important or impressive to collectors of European descent than one which had been fashioned and dates back to the VERY FIRST humans of Europe! This magnificent set of pebble tools was fashioned by Homo erectus over half a million years ago. These tools were made from a flint cobble and found where a primitive settlement of these early humans once lived near the eastern English Coast near the Thames River in the U.K.. The site's age has been determined through stratigraphic studies and examination of remains.
This particular tool is a classic pebble tool scraper manufactured in the Oldowan tradition. It was made on a small flint pebble. Textbook features abound in this superb example. Numerous flakes were removed to create a sharp cutting edge. Much of the original pebble is still intact. A very heavy ivory and yellow patina dominates from long-term exposure to moisture. Workmanship is excellent affording a well-thought out design and functional grip when held. Cortex is still intact on natural surface.
WARNING: There are a host of these "tools" for sale on Ebay and other 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 manmade 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.