From the world-famous cave site of Hans-sur-Lesse in Belgium, this extremely rare bone piercer needle dates from 2000 - 1600 BC of the Late Neolithic. Collected approximately 100 years ago and residing in old European collections until now, this is one of only two rare Neolithic artifacts we will ever have the opportunity to offer from this site. The cave complex has human history that dates back to the Upper Paleolithic, with finds in and out of the river that runs into the cave, all the way into the Iron Age. The site has long since been protected making a rare object like this impossible to acquire outside of its chance discovery in an old collection.
Compared to stone, the preservation of artifacts made of organic materials is very rare. This bone piercer is complete with original cave floor sediments still attached to the surface and inside the base. A tool like this would have been used to pierce animal hides to craft clothing, blankets or tent shelters. Neolithic grinding marks are seen all down the length with a perfectly preserved, needle-sharp tip still as originally made! A concave depression is seen running down the length on one side. European Neolithic artifacts in organic substances are extremely rare compared to typical flint or ceramic items which are much more durable and able to last millennia. Original ground minerals and sediment are still intact - an indicator ONLY seen in AUTHENTIC specimens.