This CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC flake tool was found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert of Northwest Africa. It was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. This Neolithic artifact is of the finest quality, far superior to typically seen stone tools of the era and region. It was hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior specimens. In over the last decade, poor safety and security in the desert, as well as changing laws in North Africa, prevent any new collecting or discoveries to be made, making these artifacts increasingly desirable and valuable.
This is a superb large UNIFACIAL BORER (AWL). Its size and robust nature meant it would have been ideally suited to pierce heavy animal hides to fashion clothing and shelter. The broad body made holding the tool much easier when applying heavy pressure to work such hides. The long, boring point that was flaked on the distal end, facilitated the task of puncturing and working hides. This tool is complete as originally made and possesses a natural sheen called "Desert Varnish" caused by the effect of the wind and sand polishing the surface after being exposed for thousands of years on the desert floor. It exhibits the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, its beauty surpassing all commonly found tools.