Seller: palatina (4,971) 100%, Location: Heidelberg, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 361839867841 NORTHERN EUROPEAN STONE AGE ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED Description This superb Mesolithic flint artifact is called "Oblique flake burin of flint ". Wonderful patinated marble like flint !! Presumably used for working in bone, for example for splitting by cutting longitudinal grooves. Burins occurs in all Danish Mesolithic cultures, in most Mesolithic cultures abroad (Norway, Sweden, Germany, Poland, England) and in Upper Palaeoltic everywhere in Europe. Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age is the period in human development between the end of the Palaeolithic period and the beginning of the Neolithic period. It began generally with the end of the last glacial period over 10,000 years ago, although the transition to Neolithic cultures was a gradual process; this change involved the domestication of plants and animals and the formation of settled communities at various times and places. While Mesolithic cultures lasted in Europe until almost 4000 years BC, the Neolithic communities developed in the Middle East between 9000 and 6000 BC. Mesolithic cultures represent a wide variety of hunting, fishing, and food gathering techniques. This variety may be the result of adaptations to changed ecological and environmental conditions associated with the retreat of glaciers, the growth of forests in Europe and deserts in N Africa, and the disappearance of the large game of the Ice Age. Characteristic of the period were hunting and fishing settlements along rivers and on lake shores. Microliths, the typical stone implements of the Mesolithic period, are smaller and more delicate than those of the late Paleolithic period. Pottery and the use of the bow developed, although their presence in Mesolithic cultures may only indicate contact with early Neolithic peoples. Provenance is an old collection. More details will follow the artifact. I guarantee absolutely for the authenticity. Please view also my other auctions with relics from the European Prehistory.