This is a classic OLDOWAN PEBBLE CHOPPER AXE. It is of a reduced size and was made from an unusual (and BEAUTIFUL!) green basalt. There is a SPECTACULAR wind erosion feature giving the surface a 'melting ice cream" lustrous appearance, called "desert varnish", from millennia of exposure to the Saharan wind. It would have been used for secondary butchering tasks such as cutting tendon, hide and meat. It is complete as originally made and has a angled, chisel end made by several strikes to form the sharp broad edge. The grip is perfect FOR AMBIDEXTROUS USE, with the thumb supported on an indented region when held in the right hand, and the smaller fingers using the same recess when held in the left hand.
African pebble tools are not common on the market compared to their much later Acheulian relatives. This specimen is part of a very limited collection we acquired. Despite the fact that there are probably more Oldowan tools in Africa compared to the European specimens we offer, very few African pebble tools are collected or available for public acquisition. This offering poses a rare opportunity to own an AUTHENTIC example of the first known tool type made by humans - a window into the mind and design thought process of our earliest ancestors.
No one can doubt the importance that pebble tools hold in the history of human development. Their very emergence in Africa nearly two million years ago allowed the earliest humans to butcher animals for their meat - the needed nourishment that allowed humans to survive and flourish to one day populate and rule the earth.
Oldowan pebble tools are THE FIRST recognized tools invented by the earliest of primitive humans from Africa. These tools are seldom seen in private collections or public exhibits. Oldowan sites exist in numerous regions of the continent but it takes a very knowledgeable collector to be able to weed out all the naturally-occurring rocks that litter the ground from an actual pebble tool specimen. As the origin of humanity and as the earliest of tool technologies, this African Oldowan specimen poses a very important potential addition to any advanced collection of Paleolithic artifacts. It was made by the African Homo erectus known as Homo ergaster.