These CAPSIAN TRADITION flake tool was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. It was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. This Neolithic artifact was hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior stone tools of the era and region.
This choice grade specimen is a UNIFACIAL STRUCK BLADE, made out of beautiful mottled ivory flint. It was struck from a prepared blade core - an invention of the Neolithic Period in many different cultures of the world. A carefully shaped elongated core was stood on its end and hammered from the top down, flaking long blades off the sides. These blades were then used as the basis for a number of elegant and specialized tools such as knives and spearheads of long, thin profiles. Due to their fragile nature, these long blades seldom survive intact as this excellent example has!
This blade exhibits additional secondary sharpening on both sides indicating its use and reuse thousands of years ago. It is of the finest quality and is complete, displaying the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, its beauty surpassing all common, inferior tools most often seen on the market.