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Physica Sacra (Sacred Physics) by Johann Scheuzner (1672-1733) folio copper engraving of prehistoric stone tools and monolith, drawn by a team of engravers under the direction of Johann Andreas Pfeffel (1674-1748). The goal of Scheuchzer's work was to use the best contemporary science and discoveries to illuminate the biblical account of human history in a sequence of 745 plates. Prehistoric stone tools fell within this chronology as the work of the first descendents of Adam. Shown in the frame is an oblong celt and various perforated axe and mace heads from the European and middle eastern neolithic. This is among the very earliest illustrations of these tools.
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