This is a classic OLDOWAN PEBBLE CHOPPER AXE found in the south central Sahara Desert. This genuine stone tool artifact is a perfect candidate for demonstrating the earliest primary human stone tool of the Oldowan Tradition of Africa's Lower Paleolithic Period. This offering poses a rare opportunity to own an AUTHENTIC example of the first known tool type made by humans - a window into the mind and design thought process of our earliest ancestors. African Oldowan pebble chopper axes are extremely rare and seldom found on the public market
This pebble axe is made of basalt and possesses a lustrous wind erosion feature called "desert varnish", from millennia of exposure to the Saharan wind. Intact mineral sediments in micro-crevices as well as lacking any modern crushing to its surface testify to its age and authenticity. The reduced size meant it was for tasks requiring precision such as breaking open smaller bones to butchering small to moderate size game animals. The cutting end shows opposing strikes to create its chisel edge and delicate, original chopping tip - features only seen in HUMAN-MADE stone tools versus those naturally broken in nature. The grip is perfect and the round, natural outside makes for a very comfortable grip. Workmanship and form is TRULY MUSEUM QUALITY.
Oldowan pebble tools are THE FIRST recognized tools invented by the earliest of primitive humans from Africa. These tools are seldom seen in private collections or public exhibits. Oldowan sites exist in numerous regions of the continent but it takes a very knowledgeable collector to be able to weed out all the naturally-occurring rocks that litter the ground from an actual pebble tool specimen. As the origin of humanity and as the earliest of tool technologies, this African Oldowan specimen poses a very important potential addition to any advanced collection of Paleolithic artifacts. It was made by the African Homo erectus known as Homo ergaster. African pebble tools are not common on the market compared to their much later Acheulian relatives. This specimen is part of a very limited collection we acquired. Despite the fact that there are probably more Oldowan tools in Africa compared to the European specimens we offer, very few African pebble tools are collected or available for public acquisition.
No one can doubt the importance that pebble tools hold in the history of human development. Their very emergence in Africa nearly two million years ago allowed the earliest humans to butcher animals for their meat - the needed nourishment that allowed humans to survive and flourish to one day populate and rule the earth.