This AFRICAN CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC artifact was found on an exposed northwest African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert. It was fashioned by ancient man (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago.
Compared to ordinary beads in which many made up a necklace, main feature pendants like these were often worn alone and are much more rare to find. This exceptionally large, fine example was made out of green Amazonite. Its prehistoric maker ground and shaped the stone into a teardrop form with a single piercing at the top to be worn around the neck. It is complete as originally made with all the important traits of age and authenticity - biconical drilling used in ancient times, and intact mineral deposits deep in microscopic crevices. Beware of modern forgeries lacking these features, or later Colonial trade beads being sold as "Neolithic". Both dominate the market! Authentic Neolithic stone pendants like these are very scarce. This superb example is without any repair. What looks like a break in the stone is a natural fissure that was in the stone before the pendant was made. The lack of the line running through the other side shows this is not a repair. Furthermore, the presence of mineral deposits in this fissure is visual proof of its age.
This is a classic artifact of African Capsian Neolithic body adornment and ornamentation. Beads and pendants were part of the main personal decoration of a Neolithic man or woman over 5000 years ago in Africa. Completely durable and safe to wear for another 5000 years!
Archaeological sites of the African Neolithic yield some jewelry items and give us a glimpse of what body ornamentation and personal adornment looked like back in this period long ago. Beads, lip plugs and bracelets are sometimes found. Tools and weapons were an item of necessity but body jewelry reveals to us another side of the mind of primitive and ancient Man that the other artifacts do not give us. Perfect to display alongside similar period tools and weapons to illustrate the larger picture of life in this time!