Mesolithic Tools for Sale

The Mesolithic Era follows on from the Palaeolithic and, in Britain, commences round the end of the last Ice Age, some 15,000 years ago. This era sees a fundamental change in stone technology. In the earlier periods, tools were predominantly of the 'core' type; chips were removed from a flint pebble or nodule to leave the core as, usually, a general-purpose shaped implement. In the Mesolithic peiod, the emaphasis changed from the earlier core-tool technology to a flake- and blade-based method. The process consisted of carefully shaping a flint nodule into a cylinder and then striking many long, parallel-sided blades sequentially along its length; from about 10mm to sometimes over 150mm long. This technique resulted in a much better usage of the raw material. The blades could be retouched by pressure-flaking to make many fine tools, suitable for intricate work. These include scrapers, points, burins (for engraving or cutting) and knives. Arrows and light javelins were sometimes provided with multiple heads: a single transverse point with additional barbs inserted to the side of the shaft. Several short blades could be inserted into a curved length of wood or bone to make a sickle, and so on. Some core tools were still produced but the beauty of the best Palaeolithic handaxes has gone. The crude 'Thames Picks' (so-called from the finding of many of them in and round the Thames valley) are fit for their purpose but owe little to aesthetics. Sometimes, these are better formed, as 'Tranchet' axes, from the single edge sharpening flake struck off to complete the implement. Characteristic artefacts of this era in other natural materials include superbly carved harpoon points for fishing. Most Mesolithic implements may be readily distinguished from both their Paleolithic forebears and from those of later periods. The Mesolithic was an era of hunter-gatherers. People followed a nomadic lifestyle through the seasons so that they could take best advantage of what nature provided and would often involve following herds of migrating animals.

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English Mesolithic Stone Age 'Hamworthy' Stone Pick 027750

Very Rare English Mesolithic Stone Age 'Hamworthy' Stone Pick
Stone, 325 grams, 13.3 cm. Palaeolithic, circa 400,000-200,000 BP. A large tranchet pick of typical triangular section and form, with convex cutting edge, in light brown patinated stone. Reference: see Evans, Sir J. Ancient Stone Implements of Great Britain, 2nd edition, 1897. Very fine condition, most unusual in this fabric. Provenance: ex Pickard collection, Surrey, UK; thence by descent 1978; formerly in the collection of Dr. Stanley Copeland in the early 1960s; found Hamworth, near Poole, Dorset, UK, in the 1950s; with an old inscription in black ink to one face 'ROCKLEY-SANDS HAMWORTHY NR. POOLE DORSET.'
£195.00

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English Mesolithic Stone Age 'Hamworthy' Stone Pick 027750
British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick 025582

British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick
Flint, 178 grams, 128 mm. Circa 15,000 - 3,000 BC. A nicely flaked Thames pick of mottled brown flint, retains old collection inscriptions in black: Farnham Surrey. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.70. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex E.S. Gosling collection; found Farnham, Surrey, UK.
£120.00

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British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick 025582
British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Chopper 024728

British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Chopper
Flint, 301 grams, 100 mm. Circa 15,000 - 3,000 BC. A flaked chopper of mottled brown and tan flint, ovoid shape, retains old collection inscription in black: Dorset. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.53. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection; found Dorset, UK.
£80.00

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British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Chopper 024728
British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick Axe 025585

British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick Axe
Flint, 203 grams, 124 mm. Circa 15,000 - 3,000 BC. A flaked hand axe of grey flint, finely flaked on the cutting edge, retains old collection inscription in black: Bulling Dean East, classic Thames Pick form, unusually waisted. Extremely fine condition. Reference: Adkins, R. and Jackson, R. Neolithic Stone and Flint Axes from the River Thames, 1978. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex E.S. Gosling English collection; found Kent, UK.
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British Mesolithic ‘Flaked’ Thames Pick Axe 025585


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