Two Proto-Knives carved in quartzite from the north Portuguese coast. They were found in Vila Praia de Ancora in April 1974 and October 1976 by my father, the Galician archaeologist and writer Pedro Díaz Alvarez.
What makes these pieces especially interesting is that they show the evolution from the more conventional hand axes, used for breaking, crushing or even piercing, towards a clearly specific knife design for making longitudinal cuts probably on the meat and skin of hunted animals.
One of the photos shows how to grab these tools. In the other photo you can compare the different design between two pieces with obvious different functions, Low side carving turns more lateral. (Notice only the two proto-knives are included in this lot)
These type of proto-knives are really rare: I only own these two and I have not seen any other in museums or private collections.
1st piece 135 X 75 mm
2nd piece 92 X 6.5 mm
Pedro Díaz worked from decades for the "Quiñones de Leon Municipal Museum" in Vigo. Among other activities, he was co-director of the first excavations in the Galaico-Roman town "Castro de Vigo" in the 50s. He studied the Palaeolithic cultures of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Roman maritime commercial routes and is the author of several books.
- Prehistoric, Paleolithic
- Number of objects
- 2 very rare "Ancoriense" paleolithic proto-knives from Portugal. Pedro Díaz private collection.
- Century/ Timeframe
- Good Condition, See Photo