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Authentic Bifacial Hand Axe Wyoming Extra Large
There are not many great, authentic bifacial hand axes ever found near a buffalo jump but this one is very large. Paleolithic means "old stone.” This genuine ancient hand axe was made by primitive hunters out of stromatolitic chert rock, which is found in abundance throughout much of this region in Wyoming. Its colors and tones range from black, to brown and tan which are all natural features and typical for stromatolites from this area.
This is a superb hand axe because it is somewhat heavy and fits well in a large hand. It was discovered at the base of a big, jagged cliff near an ancient campfire site on private land near Delaney Rim, Sweetwater County, Wyoming. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that the cliff served as a make-shift ancient hunters "buffalo jump."
Buffalo jumps were used by both roaming and indigenous peoples of the plains. The hunters would drive the buffalo skillfully down carefully planned "lanes," which directed them to a high cliff (usually 35 ft or more). Stampeding at a full gallop, the buffalo would blindly plunge off the cliff as the weight of the herd pressed upon them from behind. They would then be impaled by the rocks below, breaking their bones and rendering them immobile. The buffalo carcasses would then be processed at camps strategically situated within proximity to these “jumps." These and similar sites were used throughout history at various cliff locations around the world.
The age dating of this hand axe was determined by the age of associated artifacts found in the area and the age dates from similar campfire charcoals. The age date of primitive campfire charcoal of this area indicates that this stone artifact was used by native Americans about 6500 BC.
Size: Approximately 135mm L (5.25") X 78mm W (3 1/8") X 35mm D (1 3/8"), Weight: almost 1 lbs.
Ships with Certificate of Authenticity with information. Stands and cube not included.
Very rare. Exceptional.