Description: A small pecked and ground stone axehead with a symmetrical posterior taper and a patchy brownish patina. A chip near the butt, some surface roughening and some small chips to the cutting edge, otherwise condition good, from Chad, sub-Saharan Africa.
Size: 90 mm/3.5 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.