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Stone tool
Stone tool  

Stone tool
Stone tool  
I found what appears to be a stone tool. Possibly a stone axe, from what I have found online, but I wanted to check with an expert. Thank you very much for your time.

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Hi Thomas,
Looks like a stone tool that was flaked then polished all over. It looks like limestone or chert.  You'll need to take it to a an archaeologist for more detailed information.  This being said, it does not look like any stone axes with which I am familiar, but this may be more a reflection of my areas of familiarity (North America, SW Asia, Africa). There's not really much one can say about such tools unless one knows something about their context (where found, together with what other kinds of tools, age, etc.).
A word to the wise: I wouldn't spend much on stone tools available online. People like me who make reproductions of stone tools can turn out such reproductions in vast quantities and in no time at all. Most of us have ethical principles that prevent us from marketing these tools as antiquities, but such scruples are not universal.
Cheers,
John Shea

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Questions about Old World prehistoric archaeology (mainly Europe, Near East, and Africa during the Paleolithic period/Pleistocene Epoch). IMPORTANT: I do not give advice about colleges. I do not appraise the value of artifacts or fossils. IMPORTANT: Between February 14 and September 01, 2014, I will be on sabbatical leave. During this time I will have limited access to email. This means that there may be very long periods (i.e., weeks) between your posting a question and my having time to answer it.

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University professor of anthropology/archaeology since 1991. Dozens of publications in peer-review anthropology journals. Director of archaeological-paleontological expeditions and excavations in Israel, Jordan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya. See my main profile under Allexperts` "Anthropology" section. Professional website: http://www.sunysb.edu/anthro/staff/jshea.shtml Personal website: http://www.sunysb.edu/anthro/Shea/Shea%20pers%20webpage.htm

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