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Item:352961062383Visit Our Shop Add To Saved Sellers Join Our Newsletter Contact Us Extremely Rare English Upper Palaeolithic Stone Age Bone Hammer Tool - Cervid Description Date: Circa: 40,000 – 15,000 BP: Northern Cambridgeshire: Size: Length: 15.2 cm: Width: 8.2 cm: Weight: 315 grams: In the account of prehistoric anthropology, the Upper Palaeolithic [Late Stone Age] is the third and last subdivision of the Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age: Very broadly it dates to between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago [to the beginning of the Holocene], according to some theories coinciding with the appearance of behavioural modernity in early modern humans prior to the advent of the Neolithic Revolution and agriculture: This is an extremely rare man-made object and suspected to have been formed in this period: The bone hammer tool / weapon has been formed from the base of a antler and the joining area to the skull polished and used as a hammer striking surface: A central drilled hole is seen and this is where the hammer would have been hafted upon a wooden pole: Please see pictures 11 and 12: Judging by the size of the antler base it is possible that the antler belonged to a now extinct Irish Elk [giant deer or Irish deer], it is an extinct species of deer in the genus Megaloceros and is one of the largest deer that ever lived. A fully-grown animal stood at a height of 2.1m [6.7 feet] to the shoulders, its range extended across Eurasia during the Pleistocene [121,000 to 10,000 BP], from Ireland to Siberia: Condition: Very Fine: The bone is stable and details an ancient patina in calcite form with a highly polished surface: Provenance: The object was recovered in the late 1980’s in a gravel / clay subsoil context in Northern Cambridgeshire: The object was sealed within a section of gravel / clay pit, which had slumped and exposed the object at a depth of approximately 25 feet: Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reserved Shipping UK Royal Mail Special Delivery: International Royal Mail Tracked and Signed: Returns Available please contact us for Terms and Conditions: Payment We accept payment via Debit & Credit Card and PayPal. All transactions are 100% secure. Why Buy From Us? Thank you for Visiting our eBay Listing Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reservedCondition:Very Fine:The bone is stable and details an ancient patina in calcite form with a highly polished surface:, Colour:Cream, Material:Bone, Type:Bone Hammer Tool, Provenance:AP Private Collection formed in the 1990s
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Extremely Rare English Upper Palaeolithic Stone Age Bone Hammer Tool - Cervid