Prehistoric Flint Spear Head Blade
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Authentic, prehistoric (the period prior to written records) flint spear head. This Pre-historic spear head was created by early modern man (Homo sapiens) between 10,000 and 6,500 years ago.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 15.2 cm (6 in)
CONDITION: in good condition; no damage, no restoration or repairs. Showing its age and usage with age patina, the calcified mineral deposits, strongly visible on the surface of the blade, are strong and excellent indicators of the authenticity of this piece.
The prehistoric craftsmen removed small pieces of rock or flakes from the core using a techniques called percussion flaking. This involved striking a portion of the core with a stone hammer. To make more elaborate tools such as arrow heads or spear points, the tool-maker had to do additional shaping and thinning. When the approximate shape was obtained, the final stage of thinning the point and sharpening the edges was accomplished by another technique known as pressure flaking. Here, small and thin flakes were pushed off the edges of the tool with an antler or bone punch. This technique required both skill and physical strength. Several of these finely-made arrow head and spear points have been found in sites as old as 10,000 years.
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