Egyptian Acheulean chert hand-axe from Bahariya Oasis




A grey chert hand-axe with a patinated brown surface to one side.

Egypt, Bahariya Oasis region, Acheulean, between 200,000 and 1.6 million years old

11.5 x 6.3 cms

Intact as shown. The stone has a glossy pale brown patina on one side and retains the original grey surface to much of the other side – this feature is quite typical of ancient stone tools found in the desert where the actions of exposure to the elements can occur on an exposed side only.

Ex. collection: Dr Richard Shenkel (1941-2008), New Orleans, USA. Formerly in a US collection acquired during the 1940’s-1950’s in the Bahariya Oasis, Giza province, Egypt. Shenkel was a professor of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans, USA.

Accompanied by an independent authentication certificate by Benjamin E. Stermer, USA.