With a fantastic provenance, this prehistoric axe is very unusual indeed.
Knapped in chert (a fine-grained sedimentary hardstone very much like flint) between forty and sixty thousand years ago, the axe was made and used by our extinct cousin, Homo neanderthalensis, or as we better know them: Neanderthal Man
Bigger-brained than modern humans and as strong as a powerlifter, Neanderthal Man was once our closest relative (along with a mysterious race of ancient hominin called the Denisovans).
However, while there have been only a handful of Denisovan bone fragments discovered to date, the body of evidence for Neanderthal man is overwhelming. We have almost-complete skeletons, tens of thousands of stone tools, jewellery made from eagle talons, carved bone totems, cave wall art, and even a map of their genetic makeup (moderns humans are actually 2% Neanderthal - proof of ancient interbreeding.)
They were also the first Europeans. The ancestors of Neanderthals migrated out of Africa and into Europe around 800,000 years ago. Modern humans only arrived in Europe around 45,000 years ago - and within five or six thousand years of that event, the Neanderthal was extinct.
This amazing axe is just a small part of that very, very long story.
Around 35cm tall in its textured steel plinth (while we at Timeless are still firmly in the 'Shabby-chic' epoch, we are told that 'industrial' is all the rage now, so please expect lots of oil-blued textured steel and visible welds!) — this enigmatic piece of prehistory could be yours to own.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2017. Formerly part of the Dr. M. G. Weller Collection, Cornwall. Acquired by M. Patrice - originally discovered in Picardie, France, prior to 1940.