A Lower Palaeolithic chert handaxe from Graves, Charente, France

A Lower Palaeolithic chert handaxe from Graves, Charente, France

Code: 2206

Description: A good-sized Acheulian fawn chert cordate handaxe, rolled with some inoffensive pitting and a possible ancient chip to the edge near the butt, but a nice example with a dull patina. From Graves, Cognac, Charente, France.

Size: 157 mm/6.2 ins. in length

Culture: Lower Palaeolithic

Date: c. 300,000 years B.P.

Provenance: Ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey, with his collectors mark. Ex Robert Stonard Collection, Surrey, with his collectors mark.

Background: Mr Fred Clark (1923-2016) ran the Old Curiosity Shoppe, The Quadrant, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, in the 1970’s-1980’s selling a range of collectables. A passionate collector and field-walker, he built up a fine collection of antiquities, notable for British prehistoric items, a significant number of which he obtained through trade with Dr. H.A. Fawcett. Like Fawcett, he was meticulous in documenting his collection, even the most humble tools were catalogued and fully labelled with locality, accession number and his characteristic monogram.

A desirable example of this iconic Palaeolithic artefact.