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Artefacts for sale, the destination for high-quality artefacts mainly from Africa. We source directly from the upper Saharan regions, trading with the indigenous peoples of each region. In our discoveries over the last few decades, we have discovered many rare and beautiful objects. Some traded through generations across the continent of Africa and into Europe. Our speciality is the treasures of the unfathomable land.

  1. Ostrich Eggshell Beads main view

    Ostrich Eggshell Beads

    £22.00
    Ostrich eggshell beads are prehistorically fashioned from ostrich eggshell by Neolithic man. Renowned African workmanship dating back to the Neolithic era some 12,000 to 2,000 years. Ostrich eggshell bead necklaces are also known in Egyptian tombs as a sacred sentiment for love ones. You will receive an ancient bead with certificate document from The Fossil Store and a Riker display mount box with glazed viewing lid, please review all images below. Type: Neolithic Ostrich eggshell beads. Age: Neolithic era, Capsian Tradition, approximately between 12,000 to 2,000 years. Origin: Western Sahara desert, Morocco, North Africa. Average diameter: 6 mm Approximate weight: 0.5 g Learn More
  2. Neolithic Loom Weight main view

    Neolithic Loom Weight 42mm

    £82.00
    Neolithic loom weight, an interesting smooth to the touch, finely polished surface Neolithic stone artefact, for use as a loom weight with a slightly off-centre hole demonstrating a top heavy bias, most likely due to the forces during use, effectively worn by the twine. The earliest Neolithic stone weight was found in central Europe whereas this particular loom weight was discovered in the Mali desert of North Africa. Type: Neolithic loom weight. Neolithic, Capsian Tradition, approximately 8,500 to 6,500 BCE. Origin: Mali Desert, Morocco, North Africa. Loom diameter measurements: 4.2 cm Approximate weight: 54 g Learn More
  3. African Pestle And Mortar 627mm

    African Mortar 627mm

    £242.00
    Iconic African mortar 627mm, used on the African continent for thousands of years domestic pestles and mortars are an integral part of family life. Each pestle and mortar has a unique character, this partly born out by its daily use, some extremely old, having passed through generations, some as the mortar illustrated having traversed across regions from one encampment to the another. The pestle and mortars we offer for sale have been traded through the Berber clans of north Africa. Mortar measurements. Length: 62.7 cm Diameter: 28 cm Approximate weight: 14.2 kg Learn More
  4. African Pestle And Mortar 765mm

    African wood Pestle And Mortar 765mm

    £292.00
    Iconic African wood pestle and mortar 765mm used for centuries throughout the African continent as domestic pestles and mortars. Each one has charm and character of its daily use, some are extremely old, having passed through generations, some travelling thousands of kilometres across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven that it is still used throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily bread of life in villages and townships. The examples we offer here are traded through Berbers of north Africa, have been passed through families to our modern times, some extremely old and some decades old. Mortar measurements. Length: 76.5 cm Diameter: 30.9 cm Approximate weight: 17.2 kg Learn More
  5. African Pestle And Mortar 682mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 682mm

    £292.00
    Iconic African pestle and mortar 682mm, once used for centuries throughout the vast continent. These fine examples of pestles and mortars have been used for transporting goods across the sahara for trading by the Touareg's and nomads of the North Western Sahara in North Africa. Mortar measurements. Length: 68.2 cm Diameter: 31.8 cm Approximate weight: 18.6 kg Learn More
  6. African Pestle And Mortar 694mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 694mm

    £292.00
    Iconic African pestle and mortar 694mm, used for centuries throughout the African continent as domestic pestles and mortars. Each one has charm and character of its daily use, some are extremely old, having passed through generations, some travelling thousands of kilometres across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven that it is still used throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily bread of life in villages and townships. The examples we offer here are traded through Berbers of north Africa, have been passed through families to our modern times, some extremely old and some decades old. Mortar measurements. Length: 69.4 cm Diameter: 28.5 cm Approximate weight: 10.7 kg Learn More
  7. African Pestle And Mortar 637mm

    African Pestle And Mortar 637mm

    £292.00
    African pestle and mortar 637mm, used for thousands of years on the African continent, iconic domestic pestles and mortars. Each has a character of its daily toil, some extremely old, having passed along generations of use, carried across desert regions from one encampment to the another. A domestic item so proven, it is still in use today throughout parts of Africa for pounding out the daily food of life. Here we offer examples traded through Berbers of north Africa, some extremely old. Mortar measurements. Length: 63.7 cm Diameter: 29 cm Approximate weight: 11.3 kg Learn More
  8. Neolithic Stone Pestle 270mm

    Neolithic Stone Pestle 270mm

    £322.00
    Neolithic stone pestle 270mm, an appealing prehistorically designed and manufactured domestic artefact, with an excellent patina. Displaying tones of stone green and cedar browns, these highlighted with use the artefact has endured. This use has gifted us with the footprint patination of the ancient world. The patina on prehistoric objects is crucial evidence of the time in use, further wear, by erosion, or sometimes as what is referred to with artefacts from this region of the world, desert varnish are important pointers, particularly with prehistoric Saharan artefacts, in identification. This artefact has those crucial trademarks. Type: Neolithic stone pestle. Age: Neolithic, Capsian Tradition, approximately 8,500 to 6,500 BC. Origin: Unclassified Location, Northern Sahara Desert, Morocco, North Africa. Pestle measurements. Length: 27 cm Width: 6.5 cm Approximate weight: 1,597 g Learn More
  9. Archaic Bronze Age Bangle 135mm

    Archaic Bronze Age Bangle 135mm

    £342.00
    A beautiful archaic Bronze Age bangle, time has favourably affected the bronze creating a vibrant oxidisation of vivid fern and pistachio greens creating a lovely palate of colours known as a verdigris patina. Type: Archaic bronze age bangle. Age: Bronze age, 2,500 C to 800 BC. Lasting for approximately 1,700 years. Origin: Mali, Morocco, North Africa and traded through European tradesman in the early 1900's. Bangle measurements. Inner diameter: 13.5 cm Approximate weight: 287 g Learn More
  10. Rustic Moroccan Lantern 938mm

    Rustic Moroccan Lantern 938mm

    £432.00
    Rustic Moroccan lantern curated for the world of interiors from Morocco. Creatively hand crafted by Artisans in Morocco using rustic tin to create this stylish bespoke design, perfect for your home interior whether displayed hanging from the ceiling, patio or placed in the garden. Moroccan lantern. Height: 93.8 cm Width: 33.5 cm Depth: 33.5 cm Lantern door. Height: 25.2 cm Width: 22 cm Approximate weight: 4,400 kg Learn More
  11. African Pestle And Mortar

    African Pestle And Mortar 702mm

    £502.00
    African Pestle And Mortar 702mm overall with highly decorative repairs.The pestle waisted in the middle regions by continual use. The tin repairs are embellishments of Africa domestic art and the ingenuity of the previous owners to retain the life of this mortar. An excellent anthropological view into this region and inhabitants stretching back through generations of ownership. Mortar measurements. Length: 70.2 cm Diameter: 43.7 cm Approximate weight: 32.1 kg Learn More
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    Neolithic Stone Artefact 246mm

    £582.00
    Neolithic stone age artefact 246mm set into the fine quality bronze mount, this forms part of our fine range of bronze mounted artefacts from prehistoric periods. The Neolithic hand tool superbly presented yet able to be removed for study. Read our fuller description and condition report below... Type: Neolithic Hand Tool. Age: Neolithic era, approximately 10,000 to 5,000 BCE Origin: Ténéré Central Sahara desert, Niger borders, Africa. New Stone Age Neolithic Hand Tool dimensions. Height: 20.0 cm Width: 5.2 cm Depth: 5.2 cm New Stone Age Neolithic Hand Tool weight: 0.759 kg New Stone Age Neolithic Hand Tool on Stand Dimensions. Height: 24.6 cm Width: 5.2 cm Depth: 7.5 cm On stand Weight: 0.955 kg Learn More
  13. Neolithic grinding stone

    Neolithic Hedghog Grinding Stone 150mm

    £792.00
    Neolithic Hedgehog Grinding Stone implement, an important artefact from the New Stone Age, the Neolithic brought forth advances in new technologies which are evident in the development of stone tools and in ritualistic stone artefacts. The hedgehog stone shows a stylistic sense of consciousness as early man developed from the basic utilitarian type objects into an expression of his imagination and to adorn objects with stylistic forms and create art within his endeavours to produce objects of beauty. A rare and important Neolithic artefact. Type: Neolithic grinding stone. Age: Neolithic, Capsian Tradition, approximately 8,500 to 6,500 BC. Origin: Northern Sahara Desert, Morocco, North Africa. Hand axe measurements. Height: 8.8 cm Width: 15 cm Depth: 9.5 cm Approximate weight: 2,046 g Learn More
  14. Fine Neolithic Awl

    Fine Neolithic Awl 85mm

    £992.00
    Fine Neolithic Awl 85mm. A rare Neolithic Awl, exceptional discovery from an open desert site. The preservation for a bone or antler awl is incredible. Possibly from deer antler. A great prehistoric artefact find. Read the full description below... Type: Bone or Antler Awl. TBA Age: Neolithic, Capsian Tradition, approximately 8,500 to 6,500 BCE. Origin: Western Sahara desert, Morocco, North Africa. Awl length measurement: 8.5 cm Approximate weight: 6 g Learn More
  15. Berber Nomad Door

    Berber Thuya Wood Door With Lock

    £1,100.00
    Berber Thuya wood door with lock, a fascinating portal into the anthropological Berber life. Iconically recognisable to the experienced traveller to have ventured through the Northern territories of Africa and beyond into neighbouring states. A Berber, Touareg and Arab style door. Each having its own unique qualities including etched decorations, these inscribed motifs from ancient to modern occupancy. As the Berber village homes in of North Africa are updated the doors are occasionally reclaimed. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having inscriptions of generations. Some with geometrics designs of protection or good fortune, others pictorials of daily life. Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  16. Berber Geometric Door

    Berber Geometric Thuya Wood Door

    £1,100.00
    Berber geometric Thuya wood door, an anthropological view of Berber life via this portal. Iconically recognisable to the traveller venturing through the North African region. The Berber door featuring the aged bleached patina of Thuya wood created by the Saharan sun. Every family had its own unique etched emblems, these inscribed motifs from ancient occupancy illustrate the genealogical history of each family, clan or village. A unique wall hanging or secret garden door. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having inscriptions of generations. Some with geometrics designs of protection or good fortune, others pictorials of daily life. Berber door measurements. TBC Approximately 4ft 6ins - 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: 1500 mm Width: 1000 mm Depth: 50 mm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  17. Berber Palm Door

    Berber Palm Wood Door

    £1,100.00
    Berber Palm Wood Door allows an anthropological peek into Berber life. Iconically recognisable to the experienced traveller of Africa. A Berber, Touareg style each with its own unique charm. As the Berber homes are modernised these past portals are occasionally reclaimed. These doors are becoming scarce, some are extremely old, having generational use they are a part of North African domestic history. Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  18. Berber Mosque Door

    Berber Five Panel Thuya Wood Door

    £1,100.00
    Berber five panelled Thuya wood door, the Thuya tree genus Thuja articulate, or Tetraclinis articulate, belongs to the cypress family, a conifer found across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta and Cartagena in south east Spain, preferring dry arid conditions. The ancient door with inscriptions including stars, windows and crosses and a stylistic mosque tower to the upper left corner. Also a simple repair with a palm wood panel illustrates the use and domestic importance of these doors to their owners, the portals are in some cases extremely old decoration being added to or inscribed by different generations of the Berber family. Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  19. Berber Dark Door

    Berber Dark Thuya Wood Door

    £1,100.00
    Berber Thuya Wood Door with inscriptions a fascinating portal into the anthropology of settled Berber life. these iconic entrances recognisable to the experienced traveller to the Northern territories of Africa and neighbouring Northern Saharan states now becoming a rare sight with the ever progressive modernisation and security of Berber villages.Read the full description below... Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  20. Berber Rustic Door

    Berber Rustic Door

    £1,100.00
    Berber rustic door of five plank simple construction held by three horizontal beams verso. With a natural palm wood limb hinge still with the tubercles of the palm plant on the surface, the whole held together with large beaten iron headed nails which also hold the original wooden lock in place. The door incised in traditional Berber geometric motifs. The door made of Thuya wood, genus Thuja articulate, or Tetraclinis articulate, belonging to the cypress family, a conifer type found across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta and Cartagena south east Spain, preferring dry arid conditions. Berber door measurements. TO BE CONFIRMED AND UPDATED BETWEEN 4ft 6ins AND 5ft HEIGHT Berber door measurements. Height: x cm Width: x cm Depth: x cm Approximate weight: 30 Kg Learn More
  21. New Palaeolithic Clovis Shaped Adze 278mm

    Palaeolithic Clovis Shaped Adze 278mm

    £1,792.00
    A Palaeolithic quartzite Acheulean hand axe of exceptional size displaying exceedingly well in a bronze cradle mount of a sophisticated design. The skill of mounting is one of exacting precision which, when achieved with a well-practised eye, completes the process to museum exhibit standard. A combination of ancient history and art in a union of perfection. The Acheulian hand axe composed of granular quartzite, the axe now honed to a fine prehistoric desert varnish, the term varnish refers to the surface which has attained, through aeons, a good and natural desert weathering, a patina familiar to the regions arduous extreme weather conditions. The caramel colour of the quartzite complimented with the dark bronze tone of the mount. Read more below... Type: Acheulean quartzite hand axe. Age: Acheulian to Mousterian era, approximately 1.900,000 BP to 40,000 BP.1 Origin: Ténéré Central Sahara desert, Southern Algeria, Mali and Niger borders, Africa. Overall measurements in stand. Length: 27.8 cm Depth: 5.5 cm width: 13.5 cm Hand axe measurements. Length: 23.0 cm Depth: 4.6 cm width: 13.5 cm Approximate in stand weight: 1,405 g Learn More
  22. Hematite Hand Axe 125mm

    Hematite Hand Axe 125mm

    £1,922.00
    Hematite Hand Axe 125mm in length fashioned by Neolithic hands some 10,200 to 8,800 years ago. The extremely rare manufactured hematite hand axe of exceedingly good proportions produced from a hematite pebble by neanderthal hands from of the Neolithic era. Collected from the Western desert of Morocco, the northern Sahara, in the late 20th century. Type: Hematite hand axe. Age: Neolithic era, Capsian tradition, approximately 10,200 to 8800 BCE. (Eurasia). Origin: Unclassified desert site, Northern Sahara Desert, Morocco, North Africa. Hand axe measurements. Length: 12.5 cm Width: 6.5 cm Depth: 4 cm Approximate weight: 938 g Learn More