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Neolithic & Paleolithic Antiquities

Representing Earth's oldest human inhabitants, the Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures roamed the globe many millennia past. In addition to their landmark societal achievements, Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures also contributed some of the earliest art and artifacts ever documented, from the painted caves in Lascaux, France, to the construction of Stonehenge in England.

Our earliest human ancestors of the Paleolithic era survived based on their ingenuity, using the materials around them to fashion rudimentary tools and to build makeshift dwellings. Artifacts that survive from this period, such as finely honed arrowheads for weaponry, reflect this innovation. At the same time, these ancient objects reveal simultaneous novelty in art forms, such as carved ochre stones, like those found in South Africa's Blombos Caves, that were believed to be used as a form of paintbrush, or small carved votive figures, like the famous "Woman from Willendorf," discovered in Austria.

As human culture evolved, art developed as well into a wider array of approaches and fields. Ceramic pieces, for example, which emerged in the closing years of the Paleolithic era, blossomed in the Neolithic age into diverse traditions across the globe. These early explorations paved the way for centuries of artistic genius to come.


Quick Facts

  • The Paleolithic era, also known as the "Old Stone Age," is one of the longest in human history, ranging between the dates of 2,6000,000 B.C. and 15,000 B.C.
  • Most art objects and artifacts from the Paleolithic Age are smaller in scale in part as a reflection of their cultural habits. Paleolithic peoples were mostly nomadic, so reduced scale objects allowed for easy transportation
  • The key contributing factor to the arrival of the Neolithic era, or "New Stone Age," was transition toward communal living in response to the growing field of agriculture. Planted crops meant humans had to stay in one location, which encouraged the development of communities and, accordingly, increasingly advanced artistic practices

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Large group of Neolithics & a Pendant frame NOT included
Jun 23, 1:00 PM CDT
Large group of Neolithics & a Pendant frame NOT included
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
25 Neolithics
Jun 23, 1:00 PM CDT
25 Neolithics
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
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A Neolithic grey pottery incense burner, 6 in. (15.2 cm.) d.
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
A Neolithic grey pottery incense burner, 6 in. (15.2 cm.) d.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $300- $500
$2001 Bid
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Multi-functional flint Neolithic or Paleolithic arrowhead point, 88 mm
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Multi-functional flint Neolithic or Paleolithic arrowhead point, 88 mm
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$1400 Bids
Large Frankish ensemble of bronze jewellery.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Large Frankish ensemble of bronze jewellery.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €12,800- €16,000
€12,0000 Bids
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Chinese Neolithic(?) carved jade turtle, Inner Mongolia
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Chinese Neolithic(?) carved jade turtle, Inner Mongolia
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
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Club head mace, Middle Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture, Passage Grave Period 3400-2800 BC
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Club head mace, Middle Neolithic Funnel Beaker Culture, Passage Grave Period 3400-2800 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
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Neolithic Chinese Museum Jade crawling Amphibian, 20 cm, 2500-4000 BC
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Neolithic Chinese Museum Jade crawling Amphibian, 20 cm, 2500-4000 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$1,0000 Bids
Neolithic stone pestle.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone pestle.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €2,560- €3,200
€2,4000 Bids
Neolithic stone pestle.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone pestle.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €1,600- €2,000
€1,6000 Bids
Neolithic stone pestle.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone pestle.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €640- €800
€6000 Bids
Neolithic stone pestle.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone pestle.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €520- €650
€5000 Bids
A PAINTED CERAMIC BOWL
Jun 27, 11:00 AM CEST
A PAINTED CERAMIC BOWL
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €400- €500
€3000 Bids
Quartz Neolithic Scraping Tool
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
Quartz Neolithic Scraping Tool
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $40- $80
$400 Bids
Neolithic stone grinding mill.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone grinding mill.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €3,600- €4,500
€3,6000 Bids
Neolithic stone grinding basin and pestle.
Jul 16, 2:00 PM CEST
Neolithic stone grinding basin and pestle.
by Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH
Est: €960- €1,200
€9500 Bids
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Mesoamerican Neolithic carved stone Jaguar or Cougar/Puma
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Mesoamerican Neolithic carved stone Jaguar or Cougar/Puma
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $4,000- $12,000
$2000 Bids
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Neolithic/Paleolithic fire stone tool, Native American found on Willamette River, Oregon, USA
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Neolithic/Paleolithic fire stone tool, Native American found on Willamette River, Oregon, USA
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$3000 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $45
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids

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