Neolithic Ténérian (Late Stone Age) Axe head. Retouched Jasper tools. Retouching means that they were knapped again to reuse them, much like sharpening a chisel or an axe, putting a new edge on, refining and honing to get them to their most efficient. They would have been prized possessions. Never thrown away, and treasured, handed down. With care, they would have been used over and over.
These tools were found at the Borderlands of South East Niger and Mali, in a region called Agadez. Most often made from Grey, Green or Brown Jaspers. The Ténérian culture is a prehistoric industry that existed between the 5th millennium BC and mid-3rd millennium BC in the Sahara Desert.
Size: 13.5cm long (tiny mineral growth inclusion inside a naturally occurring hole).