A Capsian Culture Stone Age Pallet or grinding stone of symmetrical oval form, the worked surfaces exhibiting an excellent patina particularly on the external body of the stone. Originally having a larger handle to one side, this has suffered a break in antiquity. The interior grinding or mixing face slightly dished. Created from a reddish fine grained stone, the much smoother shallow working surface contrasting the rougher outer surface, dark staining to the base, presumably being buried in the ténéré this portion was exposed to the elements.
The skill required to form this unique stoneage object was considerable, the object exhibits a quality and confidence of a hand used to creating a fine and beautiful object from the earths raw materials. When one considers this would have been achieved with other basic stone implements one can truly admire the makers skills. Thus the hand in prehistory here manufactured an everyday utilitarian form, which today is a thing of beauty, now curated and admired.
The Capsian culture was a Mesolithic culture centered in the Maghreb, which lasted from about 10,000 to 6,000 BCE. It was named after the town of Gafsa in Tunisia, which was Capsa in Roman times. The Neolithic Stone Age is defined for the age where Neanderthals created and brought agriculture into our way of life, the nomadic hunter-gatherer era was no more. This occurred around 15,000 - 2,000 BC the ideas and advancement of farming, possibly the first sightings of livestock crossed the Channel and arrived in England. The Neolithic age was the progression of behavioural and cultural characteristics, including the use of wild and domestic crops and animals.
In the United Kingdom, men are descended from the first farmers to migrate across Europe from the Near East 10,000 years ago, according to scientific research. Ancient farmers left their genetic mark on modern males by breeding more successfully than indigenous hunter-gatherers as they migrated into the West. Living in Fertile Crescent, East of the Mediterranean Sea, where the land was fertile crops were more successfully grown for traders.