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Hand ax

Period:
Lower Paleolithic Period
Date:
ca. 300,000–90,000 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Libyan Desert
Medium:
Flint
Dimensions:
No measurement
Credit Line:
Gift of C.T. Currelly, 1906
Accession Number:
06.322.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 101
This flint was most probably collected from the high desert plateau in the Theban area. This implement was one of a group of flints that was a gift of Charles T. Currelly, who participated in Edward Naville’s excavations at the site of Deir el Bahri between 1905 and 1907. Moreover, the flints are mentioned in a letter of May 19, 1906 addressed to Edward Robinson, then assistant director at the Met. In the letter, William M. Laffan, a trustee of the museum, writes that these flints "are from the edge of the Libyan desert where it approaches the Valley of the Kings behind Der-el-Bah’ri, and are of unusual interest."

Niv Allon 2015
From the first platform of the Mentuhotep Temple, Deir el Bahri. Donated to the Museum by C. T. Currelly, 1906.

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