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A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa
A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa
A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe from Algeria, North Africa
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Early Acheulian period c.1,000,000 to 750,000 B.C. A rare and extremely Early Paleolithic (Homo Erectus) Handaxe found many years back in Algeria, North Africa and from an old Scottish collection. A very early but expertly worked Palaeolithic handaxe fashioned from a most attractive light and dark brown coloured hard stone, nicely shaped for such an early piece with clear bi-facial working and a distinct functional tip; smaller overall dimensions than the much later African examples so as to suit the grasp of Homo Erectus who was considerably smaller than modern man. The axe has a gentle overall smoothing and surface ageing from its many millennia buried in the earth plus the axe is now also embued with a very appealing old desert patination. Totally intact and in excellent condition for such an early piece, a very pleasant and tactile axe and a very nice example of one of the earliest man made tools from the birthplace of civilisation, 116mm long x 67mm wide x 33mm thick.


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