All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1383163 (stock #2655)
Excellent example of a Lower Paleolithic Mode 1 Oldowan tool. Jasper, excellent condition with a fine, glossy ground patina. Legal surface find from the confluence of the Wornitz and Rhine rivers. Height 2 3/4". Hard hammer percussion, very sculptural and clearly defined lithic. Dates to approx. 450,000-350,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376790 (stock #1911)
Neanderthal Straight Scraper. From Fontmaure, France, jasper, height 2 1/2" at burin tip. In excellent condition, legal surface find with glossy ground patina. Interesting lithic, and I have seen this particular form of heavier flake tool a number of times from Fontmaure, with the burin tip in one corner, adjacent to the long straight scraper...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377079 (stock #2343)
Interesting group of four Neanderthal scrapers on flakes from Fontmaure, France. Heights between 2 3/4"and 3 1/8". All legal surface finds in excellent condition, and exceptionally glossy ground patinas. The tool on the right may be missing a chip opposite the scraper edge. It is well patinated and I can't tell if it is an early break or was intentional for ergonomic reasons. If so it is more effective when using the proximal end as a push plane...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352153 (stock #2430)
3 larger, eccentric Neanderthal multi-tools from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2 1/2" and 4". From an old Dutch collection purchased at auction. Three stunning tools, each with a variety of worked edges and multiple functioning tools. All with a beautiful patina and in excellent condition with no modern damage. Fine examples both of Neanderthal tool making and the gorgeous jasper from Fontmaure. All date to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376789 (stock #2762)
Beautiful, large Neanderthal multi-tool from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, height 3 3/4". Flawless condition, legal surface find, soft ground patina. Though a large flake tool, this particular lithic resembles in form and multiple functions a sort of modified axe. Descending from the burin tip on the distal end are two scraper edges, one a very masterfully retouched denticulate edge with a notch. This would seem, judging by the ergonomics, to have been made for a left hander...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1395199 (stock #2372)
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, El Mrayer, Mauritania, length 5 1/2". In excellent condition with some crystal growth. Nice semi-glossy to glossy desert patina, irregular to both sides, indicating that it was probably wedged in somewhere and was more windblown on one side. Approx. 1.4 million BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1375387 (stock #M1103)
Lovely and large Neolithic "willow" blade from the Sahara region, probably Algeria. Flint, height 3 3/8", flawless condition. Bifacially worked. Purchased at auction and I have no collection data on it. Probably dates to 3500-2500 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1351940 (stock #3239)
5 Neanderthal tools on flakes. These came from the Wady el Amud caves, Tabgha, Galilee, from a 1926 archaeological expedition. Chert, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 1/4". All in excellent condition. Interesting variety of scrapers/blades and a burin (second from right). From the collection of John and Marcia Friede, well known for their spectacular collection of Oceanic Art (see: Jolika Collection, DeYoung Museum).
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1392100 (stock #3651)
An exceptional, large Neanderthal discoid scraper. Flint, in excellent condition. Height 4 3/8". Legal surface find from Grand-Pressigny, France. This particular lithic could be considered either a discoid scraper or an irregular partial biface axe. Continuous flaking around the edge, with a slight point at the distal end indicating that it may have been used as a cleaver as well. It also has an ingenious ergonomic structure imparting greater force when used as a striking tool...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1392119 (stock #3672)
A large and unusual Neanderthal cleaver on a core from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, in excellent condition with a semi-glossy ground patina. Height 4 3/4". Legal surface find. This lithic is meticulously flaked over nearly its entire surface in such a way as to indicate that it was originally a flake core. It was later refined into a large cleaver, with a flat area removed at the proximal end, giving a solid ergonomic structure to the tool as a whole...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352313 (stock #3098)
A group of 3 small, Native American Paleolithic cores from the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois. Chert, heights between 1 1/4" and 1 3/4". Part of a large group of artifacts purchased at auction in provenance from one ancient camp site. All three are asymmetric flake cores, with fine, luminous colors due to being buried in a rich, organic soil for centuries. Dating to approximately 8000-1000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1351524 (stock #4042)
4 Neanderthal multi-tools on flakes, Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/4". All are legal surface finds. Flake tools are tools made on flakes struck off a pebble and then further refined into the desired tool. In the case of these 4 tools a number of various working edges were made on each tool. Approximately dating to 50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1395200 (stock #2035)
Probably Homo Habilis ("handyman"). Ignimbrite, 2 1/8". Mauritania, probably El Mrayer region. Excellent and intact condition, glossy desert patina. There is constant disagreement as to dates of Habilis, and if what we consider Habilis was in fact a single species. Dates to approx. 1.9 million BC.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1381575 (stock #3696)
A large Mode 1, hard hammer pebble tool from Bussay, France. Flint with primarily cortex surface. Nice, thick glossy patination and mineral accumulation on the flaked areas. Three small chips missing. 6 1/8" x 3 5/8". Legal surface find. This lithic was created with two massive hard hammer percussion blows, creating a basic chopping tool with a fairly sharp edge (still!). Ergonomically very well designed using the natural shape of the pebble, but obviously for a very large hand...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376891 (stock #3151)
Two Neanderthal discoid scrapers from Grand-Pressigny, France. Auction purchase, no further find information. Heights 2 5/8" and 2 3/4". Both in excellent condition on the famous caramel colored flint from Grand-Pressigny. Both of these scrapers are on levallois flakes, the larger of the two (on the right) may have been a core tablet. Date to 80,000-50,000 BCE. Lovely, glossy ground patina on both.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352797 (stock #2702)
Group of 4 Neanderthal tools from Marbach, Germany. legal surface finds, jasper, heights between 2 1/2" and 2 7/8". All 34 are finely worked examples of Neanderthal multi-tools, all 4 with burins and scrapers. Date to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1382259 (stock #2935)
Lovely example of a Clactonian scraper from Reculver Cliffs, Kent, England. Flint, excellent condition with a lovely, soft sea patina. Height 2 1/4". Excellent ergonomic design. Dates to approximately 450,000-350,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1392120 (stock #6761)
A large hard-hammer percussion biface axe, probably Heidelberg Man. Interesting multi-toned flint from the Grand-Pressigny region. In excellent condition with a fine, glossy ground patina. Legal surface find. Height 5 3/8". Lovely and very clearly defined large axe...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1351526 (stock #2923)
3 Neanderthal tools, a backed blade on the left, a straight scraper center, and a multi-tool on the right. From Fontmaure, France. Heights between 2 3/8" and 2 5/8". All legal surface finds, in excellent condition with no modern damage. Beautiful examples of the famous Fontmaure jasper, and excellent examples of master tool making. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1350951 (stock #2758)
Two beautiful Neanderthal flake cores from Fontmaure in France. Jasper, heights 3" and 2 3/4". Excellent condition. Beautiful patina and fine examples of the legendary Fontmaure jasper. Sold as a pair. 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376315 (stock #2959)
Lovely, small Neanderthal convergent scraper on a flake from the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Height 2 1/2", made from the classic, caramel colored Grand-Pressigny flint. Excellent condition, legal surface find with beautiful, glossy ground patina. Exquisitely executed flaking on this scraper, the entire edge being finely retouched. The scraper also has a worked borer end. Missing one tiny chip on the proximal end. Dates to 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1395197 (stock #1890)
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, length 5 1/8". From El-Mrayer, Eastern Mauritania. Matte desert patina. Looks to be a softer jasper. Excellent condition with a very minor chip at the distal end. Great ergonomics. Approx. 1.6 million BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Mineral Specimens : Prehistorical item #1351533 (stock #3939)
3 Neanderthal flake tools, jasper, heights between 2 1/8" and 2 3/4". Excellent condition, no damage, legal surface finds. 3 fabulous examples of Neanderthal flake tools on flakes less than 1/4" thick. We would be delighted to send lateral photos if desired. Beautiful examples of Fontmaure jasper. Each flake has been reworked into a multi-tool which could serve a number of purposes. Dating to approximately 50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1350956 (stock #3228)
Neanderthal biface handaxe with notch, chert, height 2 7/8" Excellent condition. This handaxe came from the Wady el Amud caves, Tabgha, Galilee, during an archaeological expedition in 1926. Ex collection John and Marcia Friede (reference: Jolika collection of Oceanic art). Dates to approximately 80,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1351807 (stock #2391)
5 Danish Mesolithic blades from the Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Legal surface finds. Flint, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 3/8". All in excellent condition, one with truncation, indicating it may have been an inset sickle blade with a wooden handle. Nice variety of blade edges, expertly retouched by the tool maker. Very beautiful, variegated and multi-colored flint. Date to 5300-3900 BCE
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1395194 (stock #1978)
Acheulean biface axe, probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, length 6 1/4". Very rare and spectacular axe from the Julbiat Mountain region of Mauritania. Very glossy, almost glass-like desert patina. Excellent condition and intact. Approx. 1.5 million BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352414 (stock #3199)
2 late Neolithic or mid bronze age hammer stones. Flint, heights 2 1/2" and 2 3/8". From a mid bronze age site at Great Barton, UK. Legal surface find. Both of these hammer stones exhibit extensive use, and are in excellent condition. Uncertain as to dates on these, most likely later Neolithic, 2500-1500 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1353064 (stock #3430)
Large Neanderthal scraper on a Levallois flake. Flint, height 3 1/2". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find from a dried river bed. Missing one small chip at the proximal end, otherwise in excellent condition with a luminous river patina. Both edges are convex scrapers and exhibit fine retouches along the entire edge. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352682 (stock #1478)
Very rare lower Paleolithic proto hand axe. Jasper, height 3 7/8". Fontmaure, France, legal surface find. Excellent condition. Very summarily executed proto axe, using hard hammer percussion. While the distal end was to some degree refined, there is no evidence of the edges having been further fashioned into workable tool edges. This particular lithic doesn't fit neatly into any category (as defined by Debeneth and Dibbles in the Handbook of Paleolithic Typology), though by form and appare...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1353059 (stock #2303)
Neanderthal monoface hand axe. Flint, height 3 5/8". Vallee de la Creuse, near Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find from a dried river bed. Missing several small chips. Gorgeous, glossy river patina on this finely wrought small axe. Beautiful and well-balanced piece. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377613 (stock #2637)
Neanderthal burin or point from the Nordlinger Ries, Germany. Jasper, height 2 1/4". Legal excavation find in excellent condition. Soft, matte ground patina. Very well sculpted lithic. Although there is a slight concave scraper or shaft straightener on one edge, this lithic was essentially a single function burin or point. Dates to 100,000-80,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377632 (stock #4293)
A Neanderthal hammer or chopper from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, height 3 1/8". Excellent condition, legal surface find. Soft, semi-glossy ground patina. This is a fairly summarily executed lithic, obviously meant for some heavy duty use. One edge leading up to the distal tip is vaguely retouched to function as a chopper or saw blade (not quite a denticulate but not smooth or refined to a scraper edge, either) and the other edge is flat, made for a hand grip. The large untouched cortex knob ...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1380021 (stock #3274)
Two Neanderthal burins or borers on flakes from Marbach, Germany. The larger is flint, the smaller is chert, heights 2 1/8" and 2 3/4". Both legal excavation finds in excellent condition. Both of these were struck from one end of a pebble, possibly to make a striking platform, and were then further refined into functional burins. The larger of the two has a lovely, glossy patina on the exposed flint, and one side is an abrupt scraper. The smaller of the two has a lovely ground patina on the ...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376889 (stock #3055)
A group of three Neanderthal multi- tools, all worked from exterior flakes off jasper pebbles. Heights between 2 1/4" and 2 3/4". Legal surface finds from the Nordlinger Ries, Bavaria. Lovely deep ground patina, excellent condition. Interesting variety of scraper edges, burins, notches and blades on these tools, all very clear as the flaking process took place through the dense cortex of the pebble, exposing the lighter colored bean ore jasper on the interior. Nice and unusual aesthetic to th...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1395196 (stock #4461)
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Red jasper, length 4 3/4". Libyan Desert. Excellent condition with a couple of tiny, ancient, now well patinated chips missing. This piece has a remarkable differential in patina- one side is a slightly glossy desert patina, the other is so high gloss that it looks like molten glass. Indicative that the lithic was probably wedged in place for a substantial length of time and hence the faces were exposed to unequal amounts of sand polishing. Approx. 1.6 milli...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1350961 (stock #2276)
Neanderthal partial biface multi-tool, flint, height 5 1/4". Excellent condition with fine, variegated patina. Large and very boldly constructed tool, with a prominent burin. This is a bit difficult to classify, but was obviously a multi-tool with a wide variety of functions. Given its size and weight I would imagine it was used to score and crack open large bones to extract bone marrow, an important source of iron at the time. Dates to 80,000-50,000 BCE. From the Grand-Pressigny region, Fr...