Hollow Base points were being made thousands of years ago in the area known today as Egypt. They date back to the beginning of the Neolithic phase in this region when simple agricultural village settlements first appear around 5300 B.C. People living during this period were growing wheat and barley and raising domesticated animals like goats, sheep and cattle. They lived in houses made of mud-daubed reeds or wattling or houses made of mud-brick. These projectile points were produced up until just before the unification of Egypt, when King "Menes" unites Upper and Lower Egypt with a strong centralized monarchy around 3100 B.C. and a period known as the Old Kingdom begins.
This Hollow Base point is extremely well made. It has very long delicate "ears" and fine pressure flaking along the edges. The surface is not as weathered as most examples that have smoothed or polished surfaces. If it was placed with a burial in a tomb or grave, that would be one explanation for its lack of "desert polish". This spear point is made of a tan colored chert of good quality and measures 3 1/16 inches long. The depth of the base is 1 11/16 inches.