This is an Aterian red brown flint Hand Axe, c. 85,000 to 40,000 B.C. from Grotte des Pigeons in Taforalt, Morocco. A thin but axe head with straight sides and a curved blade. Provenance: Petra Berhout Collection. The artefact displays Paleo layer desert patina and measures 139mm x 41mm x 24mm.
Price: 75.00

The Aterian Culture, Middle Palaeolithic stone tool industry centered in North Africa, but also possibly found in Oman and the Thar Desert. The earliest Aterian dates to c. 145,000 years ago, at the site of Ifri n'Ammar in Morocco. However, most of the early dates cluster around the beginning of the Last Interglacial, around 130,000 years ago, when the environment of North Africa began to ameliorate. The Aterian disappeared around 30,000 years ago and it is currently not thought to have influenced subsequent archaeological cultures in the region. The Aterian people were among the first to use the bow and arrow, Aterian stone tools are an advanced African form of the European Levalloisian tradition. A distinctive Aterian sign is the formation of stems, or tangs, on tools to facilitate hafting; this was done on spearheads, arrowheads, and scrapers. Bifacial spearheads were produced with a very fine pressure chipping technique, equivalent in difficulty to those used in later tool traditions.

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Aterian Hand Axe. NP Collectables
NAN203 Aterian Hand Axe 85,000 to 40,000 B.C.
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