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Ancient Scandinavian Stone Age Neolithic Unfinished Shaft Hole Axe - 3000 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,489) 99.4%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291113009268 Original or Reproduction: Original, Details: A beautiful, rare and well provenanced Neolithic shaft-hole axe, dating to around 3000 - 2000 BC and uncovered in Sweden. The use of stone tools persisted in Scandinavia for far longer than the majority of Europe. As such, the societies of the late Nordic Neolithic produced some of the most technically complex stone artefacts in the world. This axe is made of granite, unlike the far more common flint tools of the period. To create a perforation that went all the way through the stone, the maker would patiently whirl a stick or bone using water and sand as an abrasive element. Having created the hole, the stone tool would then be affixed to a wooden haft. However, as can be observed in this example, the maker never completed their task (possibly due to the perforations not being properly aligned) and seemingly cast this artefact away in frustration. Judging from the wear on the back of this axe, it appears it was once one half of a larger piece, perforated through the centre, which then broke in two, the ancient craftsman seemingly thought they could transform this fragment into a new tool, before realising it was impossible. As such, this fascinating piece provides a series of insights into the way an ancient craftsman was actually thinking over four thousand years ago. This tool dates to the north-west European Neolithic, the period when societies across northern Europe began to adopt agriculture. The magnitude of the changes during this era cannot be overstated. The transition from hunter-gatherer societies towards a more sedentary, farm-oriented existence is one of the most critical moments in human history, ultimately enabling the rise of civilization. It was stone axes that paved the way for this development, cutting down the ancient forests that had supported hunter gather societies for thousands of years and allowing the growth of crops and grazing animals. Length: 4 inches. Width: 1 inches. Condition: Excellent. With old collection label. Provenance: An extremely well provenanced piece, from the collection of James Curle (1862-1944) of Melrose, Scotland, and thence by descent. Although a lawyer by profession, Curle was an accomplished amateur archaeologist and his name remains one of the most famous in the field of Romano-British Archaeology, having excavated and published extensively in the early 1900's. From 1888-1903 Curle acquired the most magnificent collection of Nordic antiquities outside Scandinavia, eventually selling most of his pieces to the British Museum in 1921. The Curle collection in the British Museum has been the subject of numerous publications and remains an important reference point for scholars of prehistoric Nordic artifacts. ArtAncient Ltd. is pleased to have acquired almost all the remaining pieces from the Curle collection, unsold in 1921, retained by his family and with a provenance dating back almost a century. For a full biography of the man, see an impressive piece in the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2002. For a further discussion by the British Museum on the man, his life, and his collections please see the following link. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics

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