Seller: chblack (6,002) 99.6%, Location: Fairfax, Virginia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 322334714509 Lot Description: This is a group of 4 Sahara desert found polished crystal quartz beads. The are bi-conically drilled from each end as was the technique at this ancient time. I do not often offer neolithic beads from my collection and do not currently have plans to sell any other. One day in the far future maybe, These relics were found in the southwestern Sahara (northern Mauritania/Mali). These relics are from my private collection which I am slowly down sizing. Colors in general are better than picture indicates. I've been collecting these for 15+ years (including personally in the deserts of the Middle East). I know the quality that was previously available. You don't see this quality offered in lots too often these days. Color is generally better in-hand than pictures. Background information 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; used these tools in the hunt for and processing of waterfowl and small game. 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$ 2.50 - 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 $13 shipping charge you may see elsewhere, I will send correct invoice) All other countries First Class International: (No delivery confirmation)$ 13.00 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!Most lots will ship first class with tracking below Post Office cost. Lots of many will be combined and shipped in a small priority box below Post Office 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!!