Description: A small ground stone axehead of thickened form with a symmetrical posterior taper, made of quartz porphyry. A large chip near the butt, the surface pitted and worn but an unusual rock type, from Chad, sub-Saharan Africa.
Size: 82 mm/3.2 ins. in length
Culture: North African Neolithic
Date: c. 5th to mid-3rd Millennium B.C.
Provenance: Ex Professor Robert Vincent Davis (1945-2015) Collection of Stone Tools, and acquired by him from a dealer at a York Rock & Mineral Fair.
Background: Professor Davis was a renown scholar and an acclaimed international expert on stone age axes. He was also the owner of an outstanding private collection. He was a Research Associate at the University of York and Chair and chief petrologist of the Implement Petrology Group, formerly the Implement Petrology Committee, one of the oldest specialist committees founded by the Council for British Archaeology.
Supplied with a page of notes from Davis's collection catalogue when it was museum recorded.