Neolithic Hedghog Grinding Stone 150mm in length with a width approximately 95mm, the honed stone formed into a stylistic hedgehog. The hedgehog is a reveered animal to this day in North africa and our ancestors thought of the little character enough to fashion this grinding stone. Perhaps the form of any,male held some significant relationship to health and plenty. The surface of the stone has been finely created with a practised technique which has the texture of an orange skin surface, this could be to effect a sturdy grip on the stone as it was used. The form could be a ritualistic association and so not used as an everyday implement, thus surviving the test of time to today.
The stone animal has been very well shaped to signify a hedgehog, to the nose is evidence of linea decoration and also to the posterior lines drawn into the stone. Otherwise the surface is smooth. A complete unbroken stone hedgehog, with a smooth worn surface to the base where worked against another stone. A very rare and fine artefact from the Neolithic stone age, the New Stone Age period. A very collectable and uncommon form from the Neolithic.
The Neolithic new stone Age is defined by Neanderthals developing agriculture into their way of life, the life style of the nomadic hunter-gatherer era was coming to an end. This occurred before 40,000 BCE which approximately marks the extinction of Neanderthals, the progressive advancements in farming, possibly in Britian was the first time livestock crossed the dry land-lock, which today is the Channel and on arriving in England influenced a more domestic lifestyle. The Neolithic age was the progression of behavioural and cultural characteristics, including the use of wild and domestic crops and animals, in this process the technical skills of stone tools leapt forward.
In the United Kingdom, men are descended of early farmers whom migrated across Europe from the Near East around 10,000 years ago. Ancient farmers left their genetic mark on modern times by breeding more successfully than indigenous hunter-gatherers as they migrated into the West. Living in the Fertile Crescent, this is the crescent shaped geological area stretching from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, East of the Mediterranean Sea, where the land was more fertile and crops were more successfully grown.