Sickle blade - ROM2018_16147_33

ROM2018_16147_33

Sickle blade

Medium:Flint
Geography: al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: c. 5300-3000 BC
Period: Predynastic Period
Dimensions:
4.6 × 1.5 × 0.4 cm
Object number: 909.96.66
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description

Small worked flints like this one, only a few centimetres long, are the evidence for grain cultivation early in Egypt's Predynastic history, during the Paleolithic and Neolithic.

Small geometric flints, usually rectangular or trapezoidal, have been found in many parts of Egypt near the Nile, and in the Fayuum, and all the way out to the remote Khargh and Siwa Oases.  When halfted in a wooden handle, or a bone, they formed the cutting edge of a sickle for reaping grain. Abrasion from the siliceous stalks leaves a polished sheen on the cutting edge.  This sheen is the evidence for deliberate grain harvesting.

Collection:
Egypt
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