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Lower Palaeolithic, Huge Clactonian Backed Scraper/Fossil Tadpole Inclusion 

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Seller: muddy-feet (2,356) 100%, Location: West Malling, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 112218410751 For sale, from my personal fieldwalking collection, is this Clactonian backed and notched scraper. This enormous scraper has been made on a very thick flint flake.It is roughly subcordiform (heart shaped) in plan with a nicely made rounded central scraping protrusion. The cortical back has a few fossilised insect inclusions, including what appears to be a tadpole in a semi metamorphosis stage of development. It is highly likely that this was used as a two handed woodworking tool. Perhaps an early form of spoke shave. The rounded protrusion has fine bifacial retouched around it’s edge. The ventral side of the protrusion is concave. It has a thick curving cortical back and would be ideal in a grasping and drawing action. It is in very good condition with detailed working and a smooth patination. A superb early tool fit for any collection. Clactonian c 400,000 years BPE Length: 21 cm Width: 15.5 cm Thickness: 9 cm Weight: 872 grams Found Northfleet, near Swanscombe, Kent. This tool was found in an area that has seen significant commercial, road and rail building work, it is likely that it was disturbed through construction activity. Each tool is supplied with a finds card stating the following: what it is, where it was found, by whom, date found and a rough date of it’s production.Also included is a google satellite map of the area. As I have personally found each tool in my collection, I am able to offer a money back guarantee of authenticity. Pebble and cobble tools from the first humans are perhaps the most rare. Mode 1 tool technology from European sites are rare and scattered since the pebble tool technology had already been superseded by the proliferation of Acheulian bifacial handaxes roughly three quarters of a million years earlier. These two traditions were brought into Europe by Homo heidelbergensis moving north from Africa. Both traditions existed for a limited time together at the beginning of human existence in Europe. Pebble tool technology eventually gave way to more advanced traditions of core and flake tools. It is not known exactly when human groups first made their way into what is now Britain, however with recent datable finds from Pakefield and happisburgh in Norfolk, England, pushes back the previously known occupation of Britain by 200,000 years to c 800,000 - 900,000 years, this is the earliest known occupation for North Western Europe to date. Mode 1 tools are simple chopping tools and flakes; they emerge approximately 2.6 million years ago in Africa with the Homo genus and make a first appearance in Europe some time later.They are typically modified pebbles and cobbles, and appear to be manufactured by Early Homo species in direct response to immediate requirements. _gsrx_vers_779 (GS 7.0.4 (779))

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