Neolithic Flint Tools for Sale

The Neolithic (New Stone Age) period in Europe dated to between about 6,000 and 3,000 BC. The era is characterised by the development of specialised tools for different tasks. This is a progression from the multi-purpose core tools of the Palaeolithic, through the blade-based technology of the Mesolithic. Axes were a hafted, multi-purpose tool, often polished with great care and used to clear ground and to fell trees, while scrapers and other small tools were used for skinning caracasses, scraping pelts and animal bone, etc. One of the main refinements was the grinding or polishing of flint and bone tools to provide better and more durable cutting edges. During this period there was also the beginning of pottery making and in the latest years, some primitive use of copper. The Neolithic also saw the first tamed wild animals; the invention of the wheel; weaving of cloth and, perhaps the greatest social change of all, the start of the cultivation of crops - resulting in the need for permanent settlements. The finest quality of all flint artefacts from this area originate from Denmark. Towards the end of this era, flint knives are made in Denmark that have actually been copied from the early cast bronze examples; even copying the casting seems seen on the metal ones.

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British Neolithic 'Flaked' Sickle-Shaped Dagger 025789

Extremely Rare British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Sickle-Shaped Dagger
Flint, 111 grams, 162 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A finely flaked sickle blade of light brown flint, semi-crescent outline, extremely rare. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East 1987, p.81. Provenance: property of a Gentleman; found Kent in 1979.
£450.00

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British Neolithic 'Flaked' Sickle-Shaped Dagger 025789
British Neolithic 'Flaked' Dagger 026115

British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Dagger
Flint, 105 grams, 167 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A finely flaked, unusually attractive dagger of tan and brown flint with a lentoid grip and straight tapering blade, remarkably preserved. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East 1987, p.79-80. A superb example, old repair to tip. Provenance: property of a Gentleman; found East Anglia in the early 1980s.
£450.00

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British Neolithic 'Flaked' Dagger 026115
British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze 024871

British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze
Flint, 105 grams, 105 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A flaked and polished adze of light grey flint, flaked and finely ground and polished on the cutting end, cutting edge shows signs of use in antiquity, a finely-made and attractive piece. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.67. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Yorkshire, UK, in the 1980s.
£195.00

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British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze 024871
British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Axe 025479

British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Axe
Flint, 244 grams, 125 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A nicely flaked axe of light grey flint, trapezoid outline, finely flaked on the cutting end, cutting edge retains some sharpness, a very attractive piece. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.70. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection, found Kent, UK in 1976.

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British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Axe 025479
Neolithic ‘Flaked Flint’ Core 024146

Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Core
Flint, 50 grams, 65 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. An elongated core in mottled grey flint, of interest because of the evidence of several flakes being stuck from it, retains old collection inscription in black: BO:383. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection.
£30.00

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Neolithic ‘Flaked Flint’ Core 024146
British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Chopper or Cleaver 025480

British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Chopper or Cleaver
Flint, 188 grams, 73 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A flaked and polished chopper or cleaver of brown flint, flaked and finely ground and polished on the cutting end, cutting edge retains some sharpness, butt end has been used as a hammer. An unusual and attractive piece. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.75. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection; found Norfolk, UK.
£120.00

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British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Chopper or Cleaver 025480
British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Thick-butted Axe 025210

British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Thick-butted Axe
Flint, 59 grams, 76 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A flaked and polished axe of light grey flint, flaked and then finely ground and polished on the cutting end, an attractive piece. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987, p.71. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection; found Kent, UK in 1976.
£110.00

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British Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Thick-butted Axe 025210
European Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze 024070

European Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze
Flint, 166 grams, 100 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A flaked and polished adze of green-grey flint, flaked and then finely ground and polished on the cutting end and faces, cutting edge still sharp, an attractive piece. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection; found France.
£130.00

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European Neolithic ‘Flaked and Polished’ Adze 024070
British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Side Scraper 025586

British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Side Scraper
Flint, 151 grams, 115 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A large Late Neolithic side scraper oval scraper in mottled grey flint, shows extensive retouching on concave edge, retains old collection inscription in black ink: Hotel Field I Bank BD, and paper label noting same. Extremely fine condition. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987. Provenance: ex E.S. Gosling collection; found South West England.
£65.00

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British Neolithic ‘Flaked’ Side Scraper 025586
Egyptian Stone Age ‘Flaked’ Knife or Scraper 024724

Egyptian Stone Age ‘Flaked’ Knife or Scraper
Flint, 91 grams, 87 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. A flaked knife or scraper of brown flint, deeply age patinated, showing signs of gravel terrace rounding, shows signs of use in antiquity. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East, 1987. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex private collection; found west bank of the Nile, Thebes, Egypt, in the late 19th century.
£49.00

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Egyptian Stone Age ‘Flaked’ Knife or Scraper 024724
English Neolithic ‘Pecked’ Hammer-stone 025802

English Neolithic ‘Pecked ’ Hammer-stone
Quartzite, 430 grams, 72.0 mm. Circa 3,000 BC. An unusual pentagonal hammer-stone of light-grey quartzite, pecked into shape, dished on two opposing surfaces to improve grip, hammer end rounded from use. Reference: McAlpine, Lord A. Antiquities from Europe and the Near East 1987, p.92. Provenance: property of a Gentleman.; acquired in the 1970s.
£145.00

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English Neolithic ‘Pecked’ Hammer-stone 025802
British Neolithic 'Polished' Thin-Butted Axe 014949

British Neolithic 'Polished' Thin-Butted Axe
Flint, 580 grams, 174 x 75 x 35 mm. Circa 5,000-3,000 BC. A large fragment, being the butt end, of an exceptionally large fully polished axe. Of a milky grey flint throughout, with some patination to the polished surfaces. The upper and lower faces polished to a gentle curve, with the sides being characteristically flat and straight. Reference: Sir John Evans Ancient Stone Implements of Great Britain, page 111, figure 53 for a very similar example. A lovely and affordable example of the skill employed in polishing flint implements by hand.
£145.00

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British Neolithic 'Polished' Thin-Butted Axe 014949


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