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Seller: palatina (5,639) 100%, Location: Heidelberg, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362295321406 Combined shipping is possible! EUROPEAN PREHISTORIC ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED! This extremely rare Danish Mesolithic flint artifact is called "Unsymmetrical Flake Ax ( Axe Adze )". Belonging to the later part of the Erteboelle - Ellerbek Culture, 5400-4000 bc, the last Mesolithic Period. Flake axes are the earliest form of axe known from the Nordic stone age, first appearing during the Maglemose period. They were made from large flint flakes possessing a sharp edge which formed the cutting surface. It is likely that flake axes were hafted with the flat broad side facing upwards and the cutting edge at right angles to the handle like an adze. To begin with, flint suitable for the manufacture of such flake axes was in plentiful supply. However, flints found on the surface were often frost-damaged and so raw material for making the large flake axes soon became scarce. A new type of axe, the core axe, gradually appeared and became ever more common but flake axes, often manufactured from irregular flint fragments, persisted throughout the Maglemose (8900 - 6400 bc) and Kongemose (6400 - 5400 bc) periods. Rising sea levels at the end of the Hunter-Gatherer period, exposed chalk cliffs and glacial morains, thereby providing new sources of flint. The improved availability of good flint may explain the renewed occurance of the flake axe during the Erteboelle period. Flake axes from the Early Neolithic period, often of irregular form and occasionally with polishing on the blade, occur very frequently. After about the middle of the Dolmen period, flake axes essentially disappeared. They appeared once again during the Dagger Period (2400 - 1800 bc) and the Early Bronze Age, where often rather inferior quality flake axes are found associated with settlement sites. The side-edges of the unsymmetrical flake axes are trimmed from opposite sides; as a rule the front side is not trimmed smooth, though sometimes it is; in these cases the implement is mostly a flat-trimmed flake ax on which the trimming has removed the original side-edge at one side. Occurs sporadically wherever flake axes are found, but never in large numbers. Provenance is an old collection. More details will follow the artifact. I guarantee absolutely for the authenticity of this very rare and exciting artifact from the Gatherer and Hunter Stone Age. Please view also my other auctions with relics from the European Prehistory. etope-lister

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