Projectile points as a major implement of the economic prosperity of ancient people have always been an
important indicator for evaluating cultural traditions, chronological attributes, hunting and crafting skills.
The Mesolithic and Neolithic (without agriculture) periods of the Eastern European forest zone are no exceptions
either. Complex socio-economic processes of the 7th millennium cal. BC, which took place in the Upper
Volga region before the expansion of pottery production and later in the Early and Middle Neolithic, were
reflected in a wide variety of types of hunting weapons. The site Zamostje 2, located in the floodplain of the
Dubna River, has a clear stratigraphy of Late Mesolithic and Neolithic layers; the wet deposition conditions
of archaeological layers ensured a very good preservation of a large bone assemblage. Projectile points – 574
pieces in total – can be divided into three main categories: spearheads, arrowheads and harpoons. Besides,
we also distinguish groups of barbed points and slotted tools. In this paper, we present in detail the variability
of hunting equipment made of bone, as well as the principal types of points and their variants, we identify
common and cultural-chronological traits as well as some characteristic features of production and use. This
is the first complete summary and analysis of all currently available projectile points collected at this site.
Lozovskaya, O. and Lozovski, V.: Bone and antler projectile points from the Meso-Neolithic site Zamostje 2, Moscow region, Russia, in: Gross et al. (edd.), Working at The Sharp End at Hohen Viecheln, Untersuchungen und Materialien zur Steinzeit in Schleswig-Holstein und im Ostseeraum, Vol. 10, pp. 341–365, DOI: 10.23797/9783529018619-14.