23-Oct-2015 13:18

Dating stone tools

The artifact would have been hafted parallel to the shaft so that the left side would act as a sickle and the right side a serrated blade with the top acting as another cutting surface.

This piece exhibits fine flaking and retouches on all three serrated edges.DESCRIPTION: This rare sickle from the deserts of the Sahara, North Africa, dates from the Early Neolithic.Sickle blades were used to cut grasses and process grains in the African Sahara Desert, dating back at least 10,000 years.This artifact was surface collected in the 1950's by an oil exploration scientist in remote regions of the Central Sahara, and examined by the Peabody Museum.The sickle is caramel colored with light orange colored banding. It measures 61mm by 32mm, nice and large and extremely thin. It was most likely hafted on the right side of the dorsal view (top).This piece has a pedigree stemming for the collection of Ed Francis and the Phillips International Auctioneers and Valuers.

The Stone Age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface.

The period lasted roughly 3.4 million years, and ended between 6000 BC (or BCE) and 2000 BC with the advent of metalworking.

Retouches are evident on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces.

This artifact shows evidence of useware as seen from the polished and smoothed edges on the flake scars and retouches.

The dimensions of this piece are 80mm tall, 74mm wide at the top and tapers to 30mm at the bottom of the retouched area. This artifact dates from the Late Neolithic and some 50 centuries old, a time when farming was in its infancy.

It was discovered in the great Sahara Desert nearly 50 years ago, in the area formally known as French West Africa, the modern day Mali, Algeria, and Niger region.

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