This blade is from Jebel Faya rockshelter, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The artefact likely dates to the Neolithic period, ca. 5100-7000 BP. This artefact itself is on display in the Mleiha Archaeological Center. Scale approximate.
This blade was struck down a ridge on the core face created by two prior removals. It was struck by a hard-hammer percussion blow delivered well-back from the platform edge. In archaeological terminology, a ‘blade’ is a flake struck down parallel ridges on a core face, and measures at least twice as long as it is wide. The edges of the blade are usually close to parallel, and since one edge on this example is irregular, some archaeologists may classify it as a ‘blade-like flake’.
The artefact is curated by the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, catalogue number FAY.NE15.