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Neolithic Stone Age Quern 424mm


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A large Quern Grinding Stone of typical Neolithic period (Capsian culture), form. Discovered on an open site find in the western Sahara ténéré, North Africa.

Type: Neolithic grinding stone.
Age: Neolithic, Capsian Tradition, approximately 8,500 to 6,500 BC.
Origin: Northern Sahara Desert, North Africa.

Height: 5.0 cm
Width: 28.9 cm
Length: 42.4 cm

Approximate weight: 6,100 g

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The large Stone age grinding stone of roughly oval form, the shallow dished working area having a white chalk surface stained with a pink overlay of sandy type deposit, this from the desert site. The base or external body of the stone exhibiting worn smooth makers tooling marks. The quern has suffered a little in antiquity, review the images above showing the worn damage to one part of the edge of the quern. The interior grinding or mixing face slightly dished following the whole form of the stone quern. Created from a fine grained light green stone stained with a reddish sandy material of the desert floor, the smoother shallow working surface heavily encrusted contrasting a smoother worn outer surface.

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 an object curated and to be 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.