This ridged Cleaver is a rare prehistoric utensil, fashioned from colourful quartzite. Cleavers are only found in the western Sahara and are associated with the earliest forms of Pithécantropus erectus. It is supposed such objects were used for cleaving and cutting pieces for which a standard Biface was unsuited. On top of that, this Cleaver is of the rare ridged kind. The cutting edge was supplied with ridges, in order to be able to cut more easily. It could be stated that such objects were the predecessors of our modern day knives and saws.
Cleavers have never been found in European prehistoric cultures, and are therefore very rare.
This Cleaver is a gorgeous item, has a lovely patina, is in perfect condition, and is a marvelous object with tremendous history behind it.