This RARE African Acheulian prehistoric stone tool is a large UNIFACIAL KNIFE or POINT. It would have been used in two tasks, cutting and also piercing. This tool was made and used by Homo ergaster (African Homo erectus) over a half a million years ago! This Lower Paleolithic stone tool was used when there were large elephant and hippopotamus species as well as giraffe species in Africa that primitive humans would have hunted. A tool like this was necessary to butcher such large kills.
Surface-collected from an exposed Acheulean site in the Northern Sahara Desert of North Africa, this Stone Age tool represents the first intelligent design type flake tool known to science, that was made by primitive humans. Prior to these Saharan Acheulian tools, only crude pebble tools existed in the human fossil record.
Very seldom seen in private collections, a tool this type is rare from Africa with most Acheulian specimens collected being handaxes. This is a type of flake tool, fashioned by a large flake struck from an even larger tool core. Acheulian FLAKE TOOLS are much more rare in Africa then Acheulian HAND AXES. Edge photos show extreme wind erosion but secondary flaking all down the cutting edge is plainly visible. Desert patina and wind erosion is seen in the "desert varnish". Bi-color feature is typical of only authentic examples. This SUPREME, Museum-class specimen is a perfect example of a prehistoric flake stone knife from this era and location and is the first instance of a flaked blade being used by Early Man.
Acheulian scrapers from the Sahara are RARE and often overlooked in field collecting and rarely seen in collections.
FLAKE TOOLS from the SAHARAN ACHEULIAN are much more rare then their Saharan Acheulian HAND AXE counterparts. While handaxes are rather obvious in design and easy to therefore, recognize when collecting on a site, smaller flake tools have less obvious features at first glance and easily blend in with surrounding scrap flakes and natural stones. The vast majority of private collections lack Acheulian Saharan flake tools in comparison to handaxes from the same period. Perfect for use in butchering the large game that thrived in Northern Africa during the days of Homo ergaster.