Neolithic Stone Artefact 246mm overall height of the cigar shaped stone hand tool set in the stylish and superb quality mount. Our bronze mounts form part of our superior range of artefacts. Here the beautifully toned hand tool is clasped in a claw type setting and surmounted by a stylish bronze plinth. The stone tool is very attractively veined in pinkish sandstone colour tones, with the stone honed to a smooth surface, now aged, when new this could have been a more highly polished finish. To each end the form tapers, at one of these ends the stone has been shaped with a narrower or sharper edge, which is presumably what the stone age man created as the working edge. It is also very possible this tool was created more as a ceremonial implement or gift offering, some archaeologists theorise that these tools could also be marriage tokens or exchanged as objects of value. The implement is in excellent preservation, this tool complete and unbroken, a very beautiful and finely produced Neolithic stone age worked artefact from the Ténéré of Southern Sahara desert, this item was collected in North Africa.
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.