This authentic stone tool was fashioned by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago out of flint and collected from a former Neanderthal occupation site in France, considered to be the "Capitol of Prehistory". The site this specimen was excavated from is now closed and protected by the government. The fact that this archeological site is off-limits to any collecting, makes this wonderful stone tool artifact exceedingly rare and desirable! Because collecting these artifacts has been off-limits for decades, genuine fine grade Mousterian Neanderthal tools such as this specimen are most certain to continue to appreciate in value as time goes on.
This is a TOP GRADE Neanderthal flint tool classified as a GRAVER. The graver was a flake tool used to engrave soft materials. It would have been used in the famous prehistoric art engravings and carvings known in antler, bone and ivory. Less common in the earlier Mousterian Period, gravers with burin strikes start to appear in the late Mousterian Era and become more common in the Upper Paleolithic Period where known carving and prehistoric art has been attributed to.
This robust flake features a blunt but prominent pointed graving tip on the cutting edge. A backed opposing edge allowed heavy pressure to be applied with cutting into materials with the graving tip. Present are intact mineral deposits and deep patina on the flint surfaces and hinge fractures to testify to its authenticity and lack of any modern alterations. A superb example from this famous Neanderthal region!