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Investment aside, no historical collection should be without representative tools of our ancestors.
To hold a prehistoric stone tool in your hand is an awe-inspiring experience when one realizes that a primitive human personally created the tool specifically for their own needs and held that same tool in their hand, relying upon its use for their very survival.
“Equipped with new technology that can precisely identify the origin of obsidian tools—even down to a single lava vein in a specific volcano—scientists have come to believe that Arteni was a central component in what amounts to a far-reaching Paleolithic arms industry.
Its products have been traced north over the Caucasus to present-day Ukraine and west across Anatolia to the Aegean, almost 1,600 miles away,” wrote Frank Viviano in the National Geographic article. Active production is thought to date back to the Lower Stone Age, when the region’s first skilled artisans were early Neanderthals. Gasparyan and his Armenian associates, along with their American, Japanese, and European collaborators, have harvested thousands of Paleolithic tools at Arteni and other local sites.” , produced millions of tools at Mount Arteni. Because Armenia was a Soviet satellite, archaeology work stopped for a time near the end of the collapse of Communism in Europe.
Modern people have even experimented with it for use in surgical scalpels.
“But it is rarely found in Europe and Western Asia, with the notable exception of Armenia.
Stone tools are the oldest traces of human activity.
and often move from one private collection to the next as most sites are now depleted, destroyed, and/or protected by law forbidding modern day digging.
It is probable by simple logistics, that over time, high grade stone tools from Africa and the Old World, will appreciate in value as demand continues to outpace the finite supply circulating amongst collectors that buy pieces and never resell.
Their successors mined the same materials up to 1000 B. But by 2011, Frahm said, archaeologists were finding 500 pieces of worked obsidian per day in Armenia.
They know the obsidian found more than a thousand miles away is from Arteni from chemical traces in the mineral.