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A time spanning 2 million years BC. The earliest period being known by historians as the "Eolithic" period. The word is taken from the Greek word "eos" meaning dawn, and "lithos" meaning stone. Eolithic artefacts are usually very crudely made and are therefore difficult to identify.

 

The next Stone Age period was known as the "Paleolithic" period, again taken from the Greek "palios" meaning ancient, and "lithos" meaning stone. The "Palaeolithic" period is split into three sub sections being the middle, upper, and lower period, lower being the oldest. The Palaeolithic period spanned several hundred thousand years, and again most of the artefacts found relating to this time are usually crudely made. At the end of this period items were becoming less crude to the more sophisticated palaeoliths.

 

Next was the "Mesolithic" period from the Greek "meso" meaning middle, and "lithos" meaning stone. The Mesolithic period covered from around 8,000 to 3,500 BC.

 

This was followed by the more commonly known "Neolithic" period from the Greek "neos" meaning new, and "lithos" meaning stone. The Neolithic period covered between 3,500 to 2,500 BC, and by this time our ancestors were becoming more skilful, with hand tools being less crude. Polished stone axe heads are indications of the advances made during the Neolithic period, as well as arrowheads and knives. Also signs of early pottery, weaved material, and the keeping of animals, rather than their predecessors just hunting them.

 

Archaeological evidence exists for prehistoric items from the Stone Age with hunting items of bows, spears, arrows, knives, axe heads, made from flint and other types of stone. As the Stone Age covers a huge area of time for our ancestors and their developing skills, from 2 Million years BC to 2500 years BC, artefacts from this period can vary in style from the crudely made early Eolithic period, to the more sophisticated late Neolithic period.

S-001

A very late Eolithic, early Palaeolithic, rather crudely worked flint hand axe measuring 200 mm in length. Showing good signs of knapping to both ends including the hand held section for more comfortable grip. The cutting edge still being sharp. Interestingly, it would appear that the axe was made for a right handed person. Certainly more than 10,000 years old.


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S-001

£35.00

A very late Eolithic, early Palaeolithic, rather crudely worked flint hand axe measuring 200 mm in length. Showing good signs of knapping to both ends including the hand held section for more comfortable grip. The cutting edge still being sharp. Interestingly, it would appear that the axe was made for a right handed person. Certainly more than 10,000 years old.


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S-002

Neolithic Axe Head c. 3,500 BC discovered in North Africa. This item shows good detailed working to the stone which overall is nicely shaped. Length of the axe head measures 160 mm.



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S-002

£85.00

Neolithic Axe Head c. 3,500 BC discovered in North Africa. This item shows good detailed working to the stone which overall is nicely shaped. Length of the axe head measures 160 mm.




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S-003

Neolithic Polished Stone Flat Axe circa 3500 BC. Most likely made in the late Neolithic period close to the switch over to the Bronze Age. This green stone axe was unusually discovered in Switzerland in an area which was to become known as the "La Tene" area during the Iron Age because of distinctive styling. 145mm x 90mm.



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S-003

£185.00

Neolithic Polished Stone Flat Axe circa 3500 BC. Most likely made in the late Neolithic period close to the switch over to the Bronze Age. This green stone axe was unusually discovered in Switzerland in an area which was to become known as the "La Tene" area during the Iron Age because of distinctive styling. 145mm x 90mm.




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S-004

Neolithic Polished Stone Axe circa 4000 BC. A large polished Neolithic flint axe showing coloured banding in the flint which is thought to have originated in Scandinavia . Most likely of the type possibly for ritual use. 175mm x 50mm.

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S-004

£175.00

Neolithic Polished Stone Axe circa 4000 BC. A large polished Neolithic flint axe showing coloured banding in the flint which is thought to have originated in Scandinavia . Most likely of the type possibly for ritual use. 175mm x 50mm.


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S-011

Neanderthal Mousterian Style Stone Pointed Hand Axe circa 20,000 BC

An interesting stone axe which shows toward the pointed end some crystal inside the tool. The original Stone Age owners mind would have been interested in this crystal and although not knowing what it actually was, could have thought it was a message from the gods to ward off evil spirits and bring him god luck. This artefact is marked on the stone as to being discovered in the Meon Valley in Hampshire UK on the 14th February 2001.

165mm x 70mm.

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S-011

£195.00

Neanderthal Mousterian Style Stone Pointed Hand Axe circa 20,000 BC

An interesting stone axe which shows toward the pointed end some crystal inside the tool. The original Stone Age owners mind would have been interested in this crystal and although not knowing what it actually was, could have thought it was a message from the gods to ward off evil spirits and bring him god luck. This artefact is marked on the stone as to being discovered in the Meon Valley in Hampshire UK on the 14th February 2001.

165mm x 70mm.


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S-014

Neanderthal Acheulean Biface Flint hand Axe circa 60,000 BC

A nicely worked flint hand axe from the Neanderthal Acheulean period. This fine example was discovered in the famous region of Grand Pressigny, Touraine, France. 80mm x 95mm.

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S-014

£150.00

Neanderthal Acheulean Biface Flint hand Axe circa 60,000 BC

A nicely worked flint hand axe from the Neanderthal Acheulean period. This fine example was discovered in the famous region of Grand Pressigny, Touraine, France. 80mm x 95mm.


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