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A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD
A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD
A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian Pebble Chopper / hand axe with quartz inclusion from Northfleet, Nr Swanscombe. SOLD
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c.400,000 B.C. A superb Early Paleolithic Clactonian "Mode 1" Pebble Chopper / hand axe found in Northfleet, bordering the very famous Stone Age site of Swanscombe, Kent. The Clactonian culture derives it name from a collection of prehistoric material originally found on a site close to Clacton-On-Sea in Essex, England. At the famous site of Swanscombe, Kent, the deposit known as the Lower Gravels contained large amounts of distinctive Clactonian style tools, suggesting that a Clactonian tribe had established a riverside campsite in the area over 400,000 years ago. The Clactonian tribe made distinctive tools from flint pebbles and flakes struck from larger nodules. Some of these tools were quite crude, just simple worked pebbles, but others show a higher standard of craftsmanship, particularly flint cores worked to a rough edge for use as choppers or chopping tools. Expertly and bi-facially fashioned from a most attractive yellow, orange and brown coloured pebble with a distinct and well defined functional blade and point. This tool fits the hand superbly and has much original pebble cortex remaining on the tools handle. The blade is well defined for such an early flint tool and also contains a small area of quartz crystal inclusion on one side. Excellent colouration and surface ageing, a very appealing and tactile example, 75mm high x 67mm wide x 29mm deep.