2 huge choppers from Europe
13 cm + 14 cm long
Provenance: from the collection of archaeologist and writer Pedro Diaz Alvarez. He worked for the archaeological museum and the Vigo gallery in Galicia for decades. Starting in the 1950s, he was a pioneer in excavations and publications on prehistory and Romanesque presence in northwestern Spain and Portugal.
Discovery site: Val Miñor / Portugal
European finds from the Palaeolithic are far rarer and more valuable than the African specimens!
The presence of representatives of the genus Homo has been documented in Portugal since Homo erectus. In 2014, a 400,000-year old human skull was found along with bifaces in Gruta da Aroeira in central Portugal, the skull featured characteristics of a Neanderthal, but also referred to other, more archaic human forms.  During excavations in “Ribeira da Atalaia” on the upper reaches of the Tagus, researchers found traces of commodities, which were 300,000 years old according to radiographic age estimation.
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- Prehistoric, Paleolithic
- Number of objects
- XXL chopper Pedro Diaz Alvarez collection
- Century/ Timeframe
- 350000 - 200000 v. Chr.
- Good Condition, See Photo