Lower Paleolithic Triangular Mask Handaxe, England
A unifacial triangular pick like handaxe. Made on a pebble using a stone hammer to remove bold flakes from one side only. The opposing side is unworked cortex. There are a number of smaller flake removals at the distal end - these originally done to sharpen the tip. The tip is blunted from use wear &, or ancient erosion. All the flake removals have the same yellowish patination colors, evidence of their hominid removal at the same time & in sequence. Circa 300,000 BC. 4.5 in/ 11 cm long
There are two 'eyes', natural cavities in the flint of which the maker of this handaxe would have had to been aware as he fashioned his tool.