Seller: chblack (6,608) 100%, Location: Fairfax, Virginia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 302681896108 Lot Description:This nice Sahara Neolithic miniature axe in good condition. We have all seen the many usually granite Neolithic hard stone celts listed over the years. This one is different because of the groove. Celts served similar purposes to axes except they were probably hand held versus hafted to a handle. This tool has been grooved around the heel end to provide a feature to more securely haft the axe head to a wood or bone handle. This tool is RARE in 15+ years collecting this is only one of three I have owned. I have owned and sold hundreds possible probably a couple thousand of the more common straight sided hardstone celts. It was lost in the western Sahara 2,500+ years ago. No damage, the bark area near the bit is a change in color of the underlying lithic. Length is 3inches (7.8 cm) long Background information on the Sahara Neolithic is provided with my 2-page essay on the subject, which will be included.Neolithic populations living near now dried lakes and rivers in what is now the Sahara desert. The end of the Ice Age resulted in global climate changes which stopped the rains and forced these Neolithic (New Stone Age) peoples into new modes of existence, either agriculture which was just beginning at the end of the Neolithic, or a nomadic animal husbandry mode of existence. The New Stone Age was a very dynamic era giving rise to agriculture, pottery, and permanent settlements, all of which were milestones in humankind's march toward 'civilized' life. The Sahara Neolithic lasted from 9,000 to 4,000 BP (years Before Present). I will include my 2-page essay on the Sahara Neolithic to explain something of the Neolithic era and context in which these tools were found. My auctions feature low starting bids and low, at cost or below shipping. Your satisfaction is guaranteed OR no hassle money back. Payment Options:PayPal . Please let me know if you have other requirements, I am flexible. Shipping Cost$ 3.50 - USA first class with delivery confirmation. USPS has again dramatically raised prices for overseas shipping. Canada First Class International with delivery confirmation:$ 9.00 if less than 8 ounces (1/2 pound)$ 15.00 if greater than or equal to 8 ounces(Ignore the $13 shipping charge you may see elsewhere, I will send correct invoice) All other countries First Class International: (No delivery confirmation)$ 14.00 if less than 8 ounces (1/2 pound) $ 22.00 if greater than or equal to 8 ounces (1/2 pound) (If you are buying multiple lots please wait for by invoice so I can calculate the correct postage) I will not charge more the USPS cost!Immediate Shipping - usually the next business day after payment.I will combine shipping to make it as low as possible. If you win multiple lots please wait for an invoice in which I will combine shipping.No extra packaging or handling charges. Policies: Satisfaction is Guaranteed: I am a long standing member of AACA (Authentic Artifact Collectors Association) and abide by all of their rules which include allowing the return of items in the same condition for a no hassle refund if not satisfied. I ship World-wide, fast, at or below cost (see postage rates above, no extra costs), and I will include my 2-page essay on the relics and conditions of the Sahara Neolithic period. Serious Bidders Only - Please Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.Thanks for looking, ‘Good Luck’ if you bid, and have fun!!