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These CAPSIAN TRADITION flake tool was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. It was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. This Neolithic artifact was hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior stone tools of the era and region.
This choice grade specimen is a large DISCOIDAL SCRAPER, made out of beautiful lightly mottled mocha-colored flint. The expert flaking on the edges is of the highest order. This large flake scraper would have been ideal to deflesh animal hides to remove the meat, as well as prepare the skin to be tanned for manufacture of leather goods. It is of the finest quality and is complete, displaying the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, their beauty surpassing all commonly found tools. The naturally gloss 'desert varnish' highlights the exceptional flaking on the still sharp cutting edges.