This authentic stone tool was fashioned by Neanderthals over 40,000 years ago out of flint, and collected from a former Neanderthal occupation rock shelter site in the Dordogne region of France, considered to be the "Capitol of Prehistory". The site this specimen was found 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 Neanderthal flint tool classified as a BACKED SIDE SCRAPER. It is complete with no modern damage and all its original flaking. The original Neanderthal tool maker took a long flint flake and used careful secondary flaking on one edge to create a very steeply knapped cutting edge. The other side was flaked flat for comfort when pressing an index finger down for pressure, when in use. The thickness of the blade and the edge would have made this an ideal flake tool to scrape hides, or shave wood, bone or ivory in the making of other tools, or even art objects. Evidence of extensive 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!