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 superb Neanderthal flint tool classified as a BACKED KNIFE. It is complete with no modern damage and all its original flaking. A tapered base can be seen where it would have been originally attached to a wood, bone or ivory handle. This feature is not visible in most Neanderthal tools.
The backed knife is a typology form what features a flake with a sharp blade edge on one side. It has an opposing edge that was flaked flat to allow comfort when applying pressure down on the cutting edge in use. The cutting edge shows fantastic prehistoric secondary flaking. Evidence of use wear can be seen on the cutting edge. 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!