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Authentic Maya Obsidian Tools, c. 5th-8th Century AD

Black obsidian; for reference, the large tool is 61mm

Clock-wise from top; razor, scraper (?) and small knife blade.

Provenance/ Ground-found in a gigantic chert workshop in El Pilar, Belize.

For further info concerning El Pilar and the workshop please click the link.below.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289399371_Lithic_Industry_in_a_Maya_Center_An_Axe_Workshop_at_El_Pilar_Belize

Seller's Note/ Obsidian was rare in the Maya lowlands and not available except via trade. Their nearest resource for such was from the Valley of Mexico nearly 850 miles to the Maya cities modern Belize. We have no explanation as to why these valuable tools were disregarded in the tool shop other than the knapper was not pleased with his result.