Large Neanderthal scraper on a flake, flint, height 4 1/4". Vallee de la Creuse, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find from an old, dried riverbed. Excellent condition with a nice patina and large area of cortex. Fine retouches along the distal end and both edges. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Lovely, gemlike smaller Neanderthal biface axe. Flint, height 2 3/4". Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find. Beautifully crafted small axe, with a gem-like, glossy patina. One or two very minor chips, essentially undetectable. I have never been able to determine if the "missing" piece in the cortex area is damage or was part of the original concept for ergonomic reasons...
Large Neanderthal axe "a gibbosite". Lower Normandy (Calvados region), flint, height 5 1/8". Missing a few very minor chips. Purchased from a very old French collection at auction. Very nice example of an ax "a gibbosite", which refers to the extension on the axe visible to the lower left in the first photo. The remarkable ergonomic design of this axe indicates the work of a real master. Note, on the right hand photo, the flake removed just below the inventory number...
2 late Neolithic or mid bronze age hammer stones. Flint, heights 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. The hammer stone on the left (with the number 3200 visible on it)shows evidence of having been heated, and may have been used as a pot-boily, to heat water or food. Uncertain as to dates on these, most likely later Neolithic, 2500-1500 BCE.
A group of 5 small but really interesting and fabulously worked Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, heights between 1 3/4" and 2 1/2". All legal site finds from the Marbach, Germany. Beautiful patinas on these tools. These tools, though small in size, exhibit some excellent examples of Neanderthal stone knapping and conceptualization of multi-tools. Since the Neanderthal were hunter gatherers, speed (hence lightness of tools carried) was important...
A group of 4 sculptural Neanderthal tools. Jasper, heights between 2 1/4" and 2 5/8". From the Marbach, Germany. Legal archaeological site finds. 4 diverse and very finely made tools, exhibiting a number of different functional edges, from burins to convex, straight and concave scraper edges. All in excellent condition with no modern damage. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Larger Neolithic blade core (livre du beurre, or butter loaf). Flint, height 7 1/8". Legal surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Excellent condition- a large core with traces of the removal of several longer blade blanks (see my stock number 2786 for examples). Dates to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.
Neanderthal Sub-triangular biface axe. Flint, height 3 7/8". Legal surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Overall excellent condition, one small chip on the right near the distal end. Interesting, art-brut sort of axe, apparently made using hard hammer percussion (stone on stone). Possibly a tool made in the field for some more immediate purpose. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
A smaller refined Lower Paleolithic Acheulean biface axe. Flint, height 3 1/4". Legal surface find, Abilly, France. Probably very early Neanderthal. This axe is smaller than what one generally sees as being attributed to Heidelberg Man. Excellent condition with no modern damage. Tiny ridge areas of surface abrasion, luminous patina. Lovely, small and complex hand axe, showing the remarkable knapping skills of its maker. Dates to approximately 700,000-300,000 BCE.
Interesting and colorful group of 5 different Native American Paleolithic tools. Chert, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 3/8". All from the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois, purchased at auction and in provenance from a single ancient camp site. Very colorful and skillfully made group of tools with burins and various scraper and blade edges. The second and third from the left are partially worked biface tools, the other three are tools on flakes...
A group of 4 Native American Paleolithic flake cores. Chert, heights between 2" and 2 1/2". From a large group of material purchased at auction from a single camp site in the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois. All in excellent condition, with nice variegated colors due to being buried in rich organic soil for centuries. Dating to approximately 8000-1000 BCE.
Neanderthal partial biface axe. Flint, height 3 5/8". Legal surface find from near Grand-Pressigny, France (dried ancient riverbed of the Creuse River). Excellent condition, one small chip missing at proximal end of the axe. Beautiful, triangular axe with a luminous patina on the famous Grand-Pressigny caramel colored flint.
A group of 6 smaller English Neolithic tools and 1 core, all from England, near South Wiltshire and the Caple area, Sussex. Flint, heights between 1 3/16" and 2 1/4". All in excellent condition, all legal surface finds. Diverse group of small, very refined Neolithic tools with various blade, scrapers, and burins. lovely craftsmanship. Dating to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.
A group of 4 Mesolithic or Neolithic multi-tools from various locations in Europe. Flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 3/4". All in excellent condition. From an old German collection purchased at auction. No indication of origin was included with this group of tools. While Neo/Meso in form and craftsmanship, I am of the opinion that these are from either England or Jutland, in Denmark. Finely worked, complex tools. Still quite sharp! Dating to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.
A grouping of 6 Native American Paleolithic tools from the Suwanee River-Withlacoochee Basin area, Northern Florida. ex. collection Mike Buhler, ex-collection Michael Cottingham, Texas. Chert, heights between 2" and 2 5/8". All in excellent and undamaged condition with rich patinas from being buried in marsh-like soil with high organic content. 4 of these tools are very skillfully worked scrapers with notches on flakes...
A group of 5 smaller Neanderthal tools from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2" and 3". Legal surface finds, all in excellent condition. Nice variety of multi-tools with a variety of finely retouched edges, from blades to scraper edges to denticulates. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
2 Neanderthal flake cores. Jasper, heights 2 1/2" and 3". legal surface finds from a Dutch collection. Lovely, asymmetric flake cores on richly colored examples of Fontmaure jasper. Both are quite sculptural and in excellent condition. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
2 eccentric Neanderthal scrapers. Jasper, height: both at 3". From Fontmaure, France, purchased from an older Dutch collection. The lithic on the left has what may be a chip missing at the top left in the photo. This is an old chip, well patinated. By it's form I do not think it was intentional to the piece and may be use-damage. The right side shows signs of use and was summarily knapped, hence it may have been made "in the field" for some specific function...
3 exquisite, smaller Native American Paleolithic tools. From the Suwanee River Basin, Northern Florida. Chert, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". In excellent condition, no damage to any of the three. Ex...
Large Neanderthal convergent scraper on a Levallois flake. Flint, height 4 7/8". Flawless condition with fine, soft "ground" patina. Grand-Pressigny, France, legal surface find. Lovely, solid tool with excellent retouches along both sides. The top half of the left edge (visible in the right hand side of the photo) is a denticulate, or saw-like, edge. Beautiful leaf shaped lithic. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
A group of 6 small flake blades from the Danish Mesolithic Maglemose culture. Flint, heights between 2" and 2 7/8". All in excellent condition. These were purchased at auction from an old German collection with no collection data. All are beautifully worked and patinated blades. There is a variety of different patina which leads me to believe that they are not all from the same site. The first and third blades from the left are patinated in such a way as to indicate that they spent some tim...
Large Neanderthal multi-tool on a flake. Flint, height 5". From the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find. Lovely, finely patinated multi-tool with beautiful flaking along most of the edge of the lithic except the proximal end. In excellent condition with no damage. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Beautiful Neanderthal flake core found in an ancient river-bed of the Creuse River near Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. Flint, height 4 3/8". extremely old and beautifully patinated flake core on caramel colored flint. In excellent condition with no modern damage. Date to approximately 120,000-80,000 BCE.
4 Danish Mesolithic blades, Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Flint, heights between 3 3/4" and 4 7/8". From a lot of Danish blades purchased at auction. All in excellent condition. The first and fourth blades both have finely worked notches.
Interesting group of 5 various tools from NW Adams County, Lima Lakes bottomlands area, Illinois. Legal finds from a construction site (details of find history are quite interesting and can be sent on request as it is too long to include here). Chert, heights between 2 3/8" and 2 3/4". All 5 tools are remarkably well worked and in excellent condition. The second from the left is a particularly interesting and complex multi-tool. All have beautiful, multi-colored patinas from contact over th...
3 Neanderthal multi-tools on irregular Levallois flakes. From Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2 3/4" and 3 7/8". Legal surface finds. All in excellent condition. A fine grouping of ultra-thin irregular Levallois flakes, each with a variety of different, retouched blade and scraper edges. Beautiful Fontmaure jasper
Neanderthal biface hand axe. Flint, 3 1/4" by 2 1/2". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. One small recent chip, slightly visible on left hand photo about 1/3 down on right. Exquisite, smaller hand axe on a soft, grey-brown semi-translucent flint. Beautifully executed lithic, with multiple different tool edges and a highly refined ergonomic form. Lovely axe!
Neolithic blade core from the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Flint, 5 3/8"x 4 1/2". Legal surface find. Beautiful, large and sculptural blade core from the Neolithic period on the famous, caramel colored Grand-Pressigny region flint. Excellent condition. Dating to approximately 5000 BCE.
A very rare and limited edition of six complete jade books in Chinese. Each volume features large and clear, beautiful color photos of rare jades that represent each period in Chinese history. The back pages of each book contain detailed descriptions of each jade. Excellent reference books for study and enjoyment.
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4 Mesolithic tools from South Wiltshire, England. All legal surface finds. Beautiful, variegated flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". All in excellent condition. These tools represent a number of different tools: on the left a backed concave and convex scraper with 2 burins, next a convex scraper on a flake, third is a double blade with traces of cortex, and on the right a burin with 2 denticulate or saw edges.
3 Mesolithic/Neolithic scrapers from Manor Farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norfolk, Norwich, England. From an auction lot of a large group of archaeological finds from Manor Farm. Flint, heights between 1 3/4" and 2". Excellent condition. 3 beautifully crafted smaller scrapers on gem-like, lustrous glossy black flint. Lovely group.
A group of 5 German Neolithic blades. I purchased these as part of an old German collection. No further information on them other than that they were found at a site on the Kleiner Ploner See (Little Ploner Lake) in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Flint, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 7/8". One minor chip on the 2nd blade from the right in the photo, otherwise intact. Lovely gem-like patina on beautifully colored flint. These are Neolithic blades.
4 different flake tools found at Manor farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norwich, Norfolk, England. From an auction lot of a large group of Manor farm archaeological finds. Flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". All in excellent condition. Nice variety of tools comprised of burins and scrapers. 3 on a fine, smoky-black flint, one on a variegated grey-brown flint. Gem-like patina.
3 tiny and attractive Neolithic discoid scrapers, found at Manor Farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norwich, Norfolk, England. From an auction purchase of a large group of material from Manor Farm. Flint, heights between 1" and 1 1/4". Excellent, gem-like examples of micro-scrapers on beautiful smoky black and brown flint. Date to approximately 5000 BCE.
A group of 6 Danish Mesolithic blades from the Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Flint, lengths between 2" and 3 1/4". The largest blade has a chip at the proximal end. All others are intact. All have retouched edges, making for a variety of blade or sickle type tools. Beautiful, variegated and semi-translucent flint. Dating to 5300-3900 BCE.