These CAPSIAN TRADITION flake tools were found on an exposed African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert in Northwest Africa. Each was masterfully fashioned by African Neolithic humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago. These artifacts were hand-selected from thousands of incomplete and inferior stone tools of the era and region.
This spectacular pair includes superb examples of a SIDE SCRAPER and DISCOIDAL SCRAPER. They were found together and made of a stunning translucent honey chalcedony! Since these tools would have really stood out from the ordinary color of flint tools, no doubt they were prestige pieces and highly cherished for their beauty, thousands of years ago just as they would be today! They also both possess 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. These tools are of the finest quality and are complete. Each stone tool exhibits the highest degree of skill in workmanship. The color and patina are especially fine, their beauty surpassing all commonly found tools.