A Fine Danish Neolithic Flaked Flint Celt or Axe Head

A Fine Danish Neolithic Flaked Flint Celt or Axe Head

4000 BC to 2500 BC Danish

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A Fine Danish Neolithic Flaked Flint Celt or Axe Head
Lustrous patina, fine condition
4000 – 2500 BC

Size : 20.5 cm long, 6.5 cm wide – 8 ins long, 2½ ins wide
Provenance : From the collection of the late Dick Moy, Greenwich, London
These flints were shaped by percussion at quarries where superior flint was available and then traded in this form. They would then be worked into a highly finished, polished adze by the process of grinding or used as currency.
In some remote areas of the world these ancient techniques are still used by a handful of hunting and gathering peoples who are the last to use stone for tools and weapons. They are the last heirs to a technological tradition that made it possible for early man to survive, and to establish the base of mankind’s cultural development.

Dimensions
Height 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
Width 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Medium
Flint
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