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 NATURALLY-BACKED KNIFE. It is complete with no modern damage and all its original flaking. This type of knife features a cutting edge on one side and a natural cortex backing on the other, whereby the original stone surface serves as a suitable surface to press down the fingers on when the tool is used. The natural surface is utilized instead of one that is flaked if the toolmaker could not reasonably improve on what nature already made. The cutting edge shows original Neanderthal secondary flaking to make the cutting edge. Evidence of original use and prehistoric re-sharpening can be seen. 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!