Description: A pecked and ground stone axehead with a symmetrical posterior taper, oval cross-section and rounded butt, with some small chips on the butt, some surface roughening and some chips at each end of the cutting edge. The area adjacent to the cutting edge more finely ground and smoother than the rest of the axe, some reddish-brown staining, from Chad, sub-Saharan Africa.
Size: 104 mm/4.1 ins. in length
Culture: North African Stone Age
Date: Neolithic, 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.
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